A stellar, 90 point decaf! Vivid brightness, brilliant sweetness, fruited aromatics and flavors; red apple, plum, strawberry, pineapple. Caramel-molasses sweetness, cinnamon-clove spice accent. City to Full City+
City to Full City+. I was amazed at how well the sweetness and fruit flavors are present throughout the medium roast range. Of course, like all decafs, judging roast by color is difficult, so listen and watch the roast carefully.
I am starting to get pretty excited about decafs. Yes, it is true, and there's a good reason. We have been able to send our own coffees to the decaffeination plant lately, something we could not do before because the minimum lot size is so large. But by teaming up with another roaster, we are able to have total control of the green coffee selected for the decaffeination process, and the results have been stunning. We have out Guatemala La Maravilla and Ethiopia Moredocofe Sidamo from Swiss Water Process in Canada. And now we have what amounts to the crown jewel of the pack, a mix of two Kenya AA auction lots from Nyeri area, fantastic coffees in their own right, that we sent to the water process decaf plant in Mexico, and the result is the best decaf coffee I have tasted in recent memory. It is brilliant! I needed to use 2 lots to form the minimum bag amount, but this worked out well. The Kiagundo was a bright and citrusy coffee, the Ndia-ini had fruit, body, depth. Together they were better than their parts, and the decaf cup I have before me speaks to that. The dry fragrance is intensely sweet, caramelly, and delightfully fruited with red apple, peach and plum. The wet aromatics bring out different fruits and berries: pineapple, dry plum, strawberry. The cup coalesces the aromatic qualities. It's very sweet, bright, fruited, light-bodied, and vibrant. Plum and strawberry are the dominant fruits initially, with ripe, sweet pineapple in the finish. There is a cinnamon accent, turning to clove at Full City roast. The light body rather suits the effervescent nature of the cup. The finish has a nice apple-like tartness, and caramel-molasses lingering flavors, the later being the only hint I get from this coffee that it is a decaf at all. A 90 point decaf? Some may think it's a stretch, but put this on the table next to a really nice, clean, balanced decaf you give 85 points, and tell me this is not a 90! Aromatically, and in terms of sweetness and clean fruited notes, it's an amazing cup. Unless, of course, you don't like Kenya coffees at all ...because this cups so well side by side with it's non-decaf Kenya counterparts.