Guatemala Finca Candelaria SWP Decaf

The cup is very sweet and clean, which are two particularly nice features in a decaf! The sweetness is like simple syrup - basic, but clear and refined. There's a bit of bergamot in light roasts that goes well with the tea-like body. Darker roasts have a nice, crisp apple flavor to them along with a smattering of five spice. The finish is pleasantly clean and with plenty of dark cacao. This will make a great single origin espresso as well as a great addition to a decaf blend. City to Full City+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process, then SWP Decaf
Drying Method Sun- and Machine-dried
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon, Caturra, Villa Sarchi
Grade SHB
Appearance .6 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City_ to Full City+ is recommended for this coffee.
Weight 1 LB
Here we have another custom decaf that was produced for us by the folks at Swiss Water. More and more we're sending our own coffees to be decaffeinated, affording us the opportunity to have a certain level of control over how the resulting cup will taste. So far this has been a great success and we feel our Swiss Water decaf coffees have been nothing short of top shelf. This particular lot is from Finca Candelaria, a large farm located in the Alotenango area, not far from Antigua. The farm is at the base of the sweeping ascent to the peak of Volcan de Fuego, with coffee grown between 1220 and 1500 meters. The varietals grown are Caturra, Villa Sarchi, Bourbon Anano, and the dwarf Bourboncito. Ungrafted trees of any variety will not survive in these soils. Candelaria was an old farm that was in poor condition when it came under the ownership and management of Luis Pedro Zelaya Sr. There has been a process of revitalization at Candelaria for some years now, as older trees are heavily pruned back (which takes them our of production for 2 years) or replaced completely with new plant material. The lots coming out of this farm have been great, and we're pleased to offer a decaf version for the first time.
Here's another example of how Swiss Water processing strips out caffeine, while leaving much of the original cup profile. The dry grounds have a bit of rice syrup smell and a note of creamed honey. There's also an allusion to dried apple,especially in darker roasts. At City+ roast, the wet grounds have a nice, developed sugar scent along with toasted almond that shifts toward caramel and bittersweet cocoa at Full City. Breaking the crust lets off a welcoming aroma of toasted sugar and hazelnut in the steam. The cup is very sweet and clean, which are two particularly nice features in a decaf! The sweetness is like simple syrup - basic, but clear and refined. There's a bit of bergamot in light roasts that goes well with the tea-like body. Darker roasts have a nice, crisp apple flavor to them along with a smattering of five spice. The finish is pleasantly clean and with plenty of dark cacao. This will make a great single origin espresso as well as a great addition to a decaf blend.