This is a nice clean cup with a caramel roast taste and impressive body, especially for a decaf. Muted bright note in the cup, grain-malt sweetness, and a tiny bit of Earl Grey tea character. It works best at City+ roast to uncover these sorts of flavors; but it also does quite well with a Full City+ or even a light Vienna roast treatment, turning pungent at the darker levels. City+ to Full City+.
A good Mexico decaf coffee is an uncomplicated, straight-forward cup. This lot of decaf coffee stood out on the cupping table, but we honestly don't know a lot about it's origin because it comes from a specified dry mill, not an exact farm. It had a solid sweetness in the aroma and cup, nice body, and a clean taste. While we prefer to know the origin of our coffees or arrange direct purchasing, we still look for opportunities to obtain nice coffees, even if they come from an indirect route. It's supposed to be about cup quality, in the end. This lot is from the medium-sized Oaxaca family farms, although I am sure the parchment coffee is also purchased by "coyotes" from small-holder farmers along the roadside. Pluma is the trade name for high-grown Oaxaca. The mill brand is Tres Oros, a family operation of Jose Luis Calvo, a long time trading partner of Royal coffee. This lot is decaffeinated using the water process method in Mexico.
The dry fragrance and wet aromatics are nutty, clean, slightly fruited. There's a bit of that typical "decafy" aroma when you add water to the grinds, but it's rather sweet and pleasant with a raisin bran cereal scent. This was a nice clean cup alongside other decafs, with a caramel roast taste and impressive body, especially for a decaf. There is a muted bright note in the cup, hinting at a good HG green coffee. There is a grain-malt sweetness, and a tiny bit of Earl Grey tea character. It works best at City+ roast to uncover these sorts of flavors; but it also does quite well with a Full City + or even a light Vienna roast treatment, turning pungent at the darker levels. Mild, balanced and pleasant. It's a nice decaf, and works well for decaf espresso too. It's a nice, straight-forward, crowd-pleaser coffee, something I would definitely recommend for after-dinner service.