The cup is quite bright for a decaf coffee! The acidity has a piney character, and strikes the palate immediately, fading into a pleasant roast sweetness. As the cup cools, a cherry fruited note emerges. City+ to Full City.
This is a Swiss Water Process decaf of a blended Guatemala from Sertinsa's Beneficio Almolonga dry mill. The coffees in this are from Santa Rosa and
Mataquescuintla (Jalapa), 1400-1800 meters, and a mix of varietals as much as a mix of farms. It's not estate coffee. That said, I think it's quite good. These areas, toward Honduras, produce some very balanced coffees that still have a striking brightness in the cup. We have been having nice results from SWP, with custom lots that we send there from our own stocks. This one is a fresh batch that they just completed from a coffee we did not send, but we basically arranged in advance. I think the result is really nice, and has a lot of origin character in lighter and darker roast levels.
The dry fragrance has a nice honey and toffee sweetness, which come through clearly in the wet aromatics as well. The cup is quite bright for a decaf coffee! The acidity has a piney character, and strikes the palate immediately, fading into a pleasant roast sweetness. (It actually reminds me of one of the dulces typicos, candies made in Antigua and found at the shop of Dona Maria Gordillo). As the cup cools, a cherry fruited note emerges. To experience the brighter notes of this decaf, City+ roast is ideal. Given the way decafs color, achieving this roast level is not easy! Use all your sense, sight, sound and smell, and watch your roast carefully. Decafs can get away from you in the roaster.