A sweet cup this Guatemala decaf has a flavor of caramelized sugars, subtle fruited notes - nectarine and apple - and an actual "vibrant" malice acidity. Full City roasts build a dense chocolate flavor too, nice in a brewed coffee, and works great in espresso. City+ to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso.
Xinabajul is the name of the original Huehuetenango town, and this coffee comes from small-holder farmers in the greater department of Huehue. It's also the name of the project (Proyecto Xinabajul) we started in this area paying small farmers a premium for high quality coffee cherry. Farmers in the highlands have little option for selling their cherry and either cart their coffee to market themselves, or sell to "coyotes" who pay next to nothing. We used two regional blends for this decaf, and the majority is made up of peaberries. It's another of our custom decafs that we have processed by the folks at Swiss up in Canada. Both lots started off as really strong 'regular' coffees, and so we were confident they would make great great decaf - turns out we were right. There are huge advantages to sending off your own coffees for decaffeination - the biggest being selecting quality lots in order to make a quality decaf. We don't think decaf drinkers should be relegated to what seems to be the standard decaf cup profile - low sweetness, cardboard, and a thin body. And it's also satisfying to know where your coffee comes from, which is often hard to find with decaf offerings. So here you are, a decaf, that tastes surprisingly 'un-decaf', and one that comes with a story. Ta-da!