This is a very nice lot from the Sierra Madre range in south Mexico. Union Ramal Santa Cruz is a cooperative in the Chiapas state, near the cities of Tuxtla and Chiapa de Corzo. Along with Oaxaca coffees, Chiapas are my favorite. They feature a more dynamic brightness in the cup, a lively coffee.
It makes sense since Chiapas borders the Guatemala state of Huehuetenango. This coffee originates from a cooperative lot and is then decaffeinated using the water process method in Mexico. And I was pleased when I cupped this coffee _‹_ even if a big decaf cupping is not always my favorite table of samples to evaluate. The dry fragrance and wet aromatics are mildly fruited, with suggestions of toffee and raw honey. This was a real standout in cupping (on a large table of decafs), with a very clean, crisp, bright note in the cup, hinting at its origin as a true high-grown Chiapas. There is an apple fruit note in the cup at City+ roast level, and some mild nut flavors, with a brown sugar finish. The body is moderate, not thin, but also not heavy on the palate. That's pretty much in line with non-decaf Chiapas coffees. This also does quite well with a Full City + or even a light Vienna roast treatment, turning sweetly pungent at the darker levels. Mild, balanced, drinkable ...and certified Organic to boot.