A nice decaf, crowd-pleasing quaffable coffee that's not overly complex. A mild, crisp flavor profile, medium body, apple brightness, caramelly sweetness in the aroma and cup, dry finish. City+ to Full City+.
This Honduras lot is from the Carruchil Cooperative, located in a southwestern municipality of Chinacla, La Paz. Though not grown at dizzying altitudes, Chinacla is located along the Montecillos, a mountain range boasting several coffee producing municipalities, with altitudes in this particular region averaging just over 1300 meters. It's been a while since we had a Honduras coffee as a decaf, but this is a great candidate, similar to our Mexico decafs, because of it's mild balance and moderate acidity. I think this lot came through the process very well; an approachable Central America character, classic, quaffable. It jumped out on the cupping table and actually brews (in this case in the Technivorm) even better than it cups. It's not going to break any records for high cupping scores, but it's definitely a surprisingly sweet decaf coffee that you'll want to drink!
The dry fragrance has some of the typical, slightly fruity, decaf aromatic. That said, the dry aroma is still quite sweet with hints of macadamia nut and cacao. The sweetness sharpens when you add hot water, with a brew scent that is hazelnut, dry-roasted peanut, caramel sauce, and almond skin. The cup has the same flavors as hinted to in the aromatics, sans the typical decaf flavor. There's lots of white nuts and caramelized sugar sweetness, and also a slight dryness to the finish (a la almond skins). The profile shifts nicely as the cup cools, with dried apricot emerging, caramel-toned sweetness, and a malic (apple-like) brightness. The body is moderate but suits the overall flavor theme. It's a crowd-pleaser with classic Central America balance between the acidity, body and clean cup characteristics. It's not overly complex, very straightforward really, and a pleasant coffee you don't have to think about too much. For decafs, I think that is a good thing!