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. It had a solid sweetness in the aroma and cup, 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. Anyway, this is from the Oaxaca state, rated as an HG (High Grown, Altura) coffee and organic certified. 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 nutty and fruited, with suggestions of almond, 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 with a raisin bran cereal scent. This was a standout in cupping alongside other decafs, with a clean, crisp, bright note in the cup, hinting at a good HG green coffee. Lighter roasts have a lemon zest, light body and a short, clean finish. There is a grain-malt sweetness, and a 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.