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 is a filter water-process decaf from the Ocotopeque area of Honduras. It has been a while since we had a Honduras coffee as a decaf, but it 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 a coffee you want to drink!
The dry fragrance has that typical decaf aromatic, slightly fruity and a bit like laundry but is also sweetly nutty. It is more sharp in its sweetness when you add the hot water, with a brew scent with both hazelnut and dry-roasted peanut, caramel sauce, almond skins, and perhaps the slightest hint of wet earth. The cup has the same flavors as hinted to in the aroma, nut and caramelized sugar sweetness, a slight dryness to the finish (a la almond skins). It cools to a nice caramel-toned sweetness, with 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!