On a table of decafs this coffee's origin is easy to pinpoint. Caramel and dehydrated berry, malted sweet bread, dried stone fruit, and subtle tartness. City+ to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process & Dry Process, then Water Process Decaf|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||November 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 15+ screen; broken beans from decaffeination|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Type||Decaf, Farm Gate|
Ethiopias have been shining star decafs for us, which only part of it has to do with the coffee itself. Don't get me wrong, the raw ingredients going into your decaf play a huge part in the resulting cup, since you know..."garbage in=garbage out". But if you have a beautiful cup and you subject it to harsh chemical decaf processes, then you stand to lose the volatile compounds that made it a delicious coffee to begin with. We navigate both parts of this equations by first choosing coffees we enjoy as non-decaf, and then send them off to be processed at the Swiss Water Decaf plant in Vancouver, Canada, where they employ a patented water processing method that uses no harsh chemicals to remove effectively 99.9% of the caffeine. The process is gentle, and leaves much of the flavor and aroma intact. And in the case of Ethiopian coffee such as this one, send off a coffee with inherent citrus and floral aspects, and receive a decaf with those same highlights in return. This particular lot is made up of equal parts wet and dry process Ethiopias, the latter of the two lending body and fruited flavors to the cup profile making it stand out when put side by side with our other decaf options.
On a table of decafs, this coffee's origin is easy to pinpoint, as it has a fruited side which is accentuated in part by the dry process component of the blend. City and City+ roasts produce a mix of dehydrated berry and stone fruit flavors, and an ever so subtle floral aroma. It shows a deep caramel sweetness in the nose, complimenting an array of dried fruited flavor accents that pop out in the profile when the coffee cools down a bit. A tart citrus note is subtle, but adds a contrasting effect to a core sweetness that comes off like malted sweet breads. Roasting beyond City+ brings bittersweet undertones to the forefront without edging out some of the fruited tones like dark plum and prune. An enticing decaf on it's own, that will also sweeten up any decaf blend.