We sent out Huehuetenango La Maravilla to Canada for decaffeination, and ended up with this great selection. Balanced brightness, with orange notes, and a dry finish. Nut-toned roast taste, almond, and praline with a caramel-maple sweetness throughout. City+ to FC+.
This is the Swiss Water Process decaf of our Guatemala Finca La Maravilla lot that we sent to Canada to decaffeinate. We think the results are great! With decaf (and really with all green coffee) we remember the old term GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. If you send mediocre commodity coffee to the decaf plant, what can you reasonably expect to get back? Yet much decaf offered on broker's lists is reject lots, or (most likely) bulk containers sent direct to the plant without even basic cupping quality control. This is a different case; single origin, single estate decaf. Huehuetenango has some extraordinary coffee farms, and we have offered so many in the past: El Injerto, Huixoc, Injertal, and this one, Finca La Maravilla. I remember when we first offered this estate coffee, it's nicely fruited flavors and citrus brightness. So after several years of hiatus, we have it again, and it's every bit as good as the Maravilla of my memory. The farm is located very near El Injerto, in the La Libertad area of the state of Huehuetenango in Guatemala's north. The farm is owned by Mauricio Rosales and ranges from a very high 1500 meters all the way to 1850 meters. It is a bright coffee, a little lighter in body and less balanced perhaps than some of our other Guatemala offerings. But that is what makes it so special as well.
The fragrance from the dry grounds has raisin and fig fruited notes, and a dark-toned sweetness with soft chocolate wafer accents. Adding hot water, the wet aromatics come to life. Caramel apple notes and chocolate raisins are the best analogies. The cup has a very nice balanced brightness, with orange notes in the lighter roast levels, and a dry effect in the finish. There is a nut-toned roast taste, almond-like, and praline as it passes into the aftertaste. And it has a caramel-maple sweetness throughout, from lighter roast levels to Full City. In fact I can't think of a decaf that has such a nice, rounded sweetness in the cup. The body is medium-to-light, which suits the lively nature of this cup well, but at FC or FC+ roast levels has a very nice creamy mouthfeel. Like all decafs it can be a little tricky to target the exact degree of roast due to the darker color shift. But I found the Maravilla has good audible pops at first crack, and colors more predictably than others SWP type coffees. City+ and Full City roasts are ideal, and at least 24 hours post-roast rest helps things along too. La Maravilla decaf makes a fairly interesting decaf espresso blend component, adding aroma, fruit and brightness to the shot.