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This is the decaf version of our Shoye Union Sidamo coffee. We sent it for custom decaffeination and it came back great! It's a fantastic decaf cup, very sweet, caramel with melted milk chocolate notes, butter-rich body, mildly fruited layers of flavor. I found the creamy mouthfeel to be one of the most outstanding features. It sets this part from other decafs and other non-decaf Ethiopia coffees as well. I can't write caramel and milk chocolate with enough emphasis. I get these sweet notes all through the roast range. City+ to Full City roast.
This is the decaf version of our Shoye Union Sidamo coffee. We sent it for custom decaffeination and it came back great! Let's decode the name first of all: "Shoye Union" is the specific cooperative mill where this coffee originates. A Union = a cooperative. FTO = Fair Trade and Organic certified. Most importantly under current Ethiopia laws, this means the lot can be exported with the name of the mill intact. WP is Water Process Decaf, a non-chemical method using water filtration. Originally this is a Dry Process, DP special selection involves harvesting ripe cherry, promptly screen-drying on raised beds, and extra steps in sorting the coffee after it is hulled. This differs from other dry-process Ethiopia coffees, which are often sometimes assembled at the tail-ends of the crop, indiscriminately picked, and consolidated later (mixing good coffee with bad). The result is that this coffee has less distraction in terms of earthy, hidey or musty flavors, common in average DP Sidamo coffees. On the contrary, this lot from Shoye is a wonderful cup that we enjoyed immensely as a non-decaf selection and thought it would be very interesting as a decaf as well. We weren't expecting it to come back the same exactly, and there is a flavor shift for sure. If anything it cups a bit more like a wet-process Ethiopia, with cleaner bright fruit notes. The dry fragrance is very sweet, with strawberry and caramel aspects, and in the wet aroma a decaf savory scent comes out. It's a fantastic decaf cup, very sweet, caramel with melted milk chocolate notes, butter-rich body, mildly fruited layers of flavor. I found the creamy mouthfeel to be one of the most outstanding features, although it might not be the first thing you think of. It sets this part from other decafs and other non-decaf Ethiopia coffees as well. I can't write caramel and milk chocolate with enough emphasis. I get these sweet notes all through the roast range. Full City works especially well here, whereas my lightest City roast (barely through first crack) was a little mineral tasting. City+ roasts have more of a fruit-citrus accent, like a twist of bergamot and Earl Grey tea. There's a chocolate/alkaloid-like dryness in the long aftertaste initially, but as the cup cools the finish seems to be fade out with grace. Note that there is a lot of bean size variation and this coffee requires the Small Grid drum to attempt roasting it in a Behmor roaster. I made some very unusual SO espresso with this coffee, but I don't think it had rested enough after roasting. I will try again in a few days.