City+ to Full City+: works best as a lighter roast for brewed coffee. Note that this coffee seems to roast rather quickly, and seems to pass from 1st to 2nd crack more rapidly than other decaf lots. Why? I dunno. It's great decaf, period
It seems inevitable that a name we put on a coffee is going to be this complicated; why not just make up fanciful names like Abyssinia Delight or African Trader or ... well, I would rather just stick to the facts, and in this case the facts are: Dry-processed coffee from the Sidamo region, processed for decaf using the Water Process (WP) method. Now that's confusing. This is still very much a Sidamo and that's the beauty of this coffee. It's bright, aromatic, spicey, fruited. We started with an exceptional lot of Ogsaddey Dry-process Sidamo, which is a bright, fruited cup, highly aromatic, and we end up with something that can be described exactly the same way. This decaf Sidamo has all the top-end bright notes and floral-fruit flavors endemic to a really good Sidamo. I has medium body, nice aromatics of fruit, wild-honeyed roast tastes, with a long finish. There are orangey citric notes, and a bit of syrup in the finish. There is a unique spiciness in this cup, similar to the blend of mulling spices used for hot apple cider. If I cupped this blind I would not suspect it was decaffeinated!