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There is a baked apple fruit note in the cup at City+ roast level, and some roasted almond nut flavors, with brown sugar and nut skins in the finish. The Full City+ roast has a nice chocolate roast tone that is not unlike the Mexican hot chocolate cakes you get from Oaxaca. City+ to Full City.
This lot of decaf coffee stood out on the cupping table, but we don't know a lot about it's origin. It had a lot of sweetness in the aroma and cup, and an overall clean taste. While we prefer to know the origin of our coffees or arrange direct purchasing, we are not above buying a coffee that cups well but comes to us through an indirect route. It's supposed to be about cup quality, in the end. Anyway, this is from the Oaxaca state, rated as an HG (High Grown, Altura) coffee. This coffee originates from a pooled wet-process lot and is then decaffeinated using the water process method in Mexico.
The dry fragrance and wet aromatics are fruited, with suggestions of raisin and caramel. There's a bit of that typical "decafy" aroma when you add water to the grinds, but it's rather sweet and pleasant. This was a standout in cupping, with a very clean, crisp, bright note in the cup, hinting at a good HG green coffee. There is a baked apple fruit note in the cup at City+ roast level, and some roasted almond nut flavors, with brown sugar and nut skins in the finish. The Full City+ roast has a nice chocolate roast tone that is not unlike the Mexican hot chocolate cakes you get from Oaxaca. The body is surprisingly thick when the coffee is rested 24+ hours after roasting. That's pretty much in line with non-decaf Oaxaca coffees. It works best at City+ roast where a raisin-like sweetness prevails over the roast taste, but also does quite well with a Full City + or even a light Vienna roast treatment, turning sweetly pungent at the darker levels. Mild, balanced, pleasant ... it's a nice decaf, and works well for decaf espresso as well.