Great solid decaf with light body and clearly defined brightness. Nice acidic "sparkle" at lighter roasts, more balanced at FC roast, where mild chocolate, malt and bittersweet notes take over. City+ to Full City+.
This lot of coffee is from the Jinotega region, a coffee-rich area near Matagalpa and Nueva Segovia growing regions. This is a cooperative coffee from Associacion Aldea Global, an organization that has a strong social mission for education, health and quality of life improvements for the small farmers of the area, and helps with all crops as well as sustenance farming. But coffee is the core of the program, as it is the main cash crop of Jinotega and Nicaragua in general. It's a good SHG (Strictly High Grown) specialty quality coffee, mild and clean, and a higher level than those typically available in decaf form. This it is sent for WP Decaf (Water Process) decaffeination in Mexico for the water filtration decaf method. (See links in the page introduction to explain the differences and similarities in processes). You can send great coffee for decaffeination, and it comes back terrible, and the reverse rarely happens (to my knowledge). What you hope for is a coffee with 80% of the original character ... and we have definitely achieved it here. This cups like a good, solid specialty coffee from Nicaragua with light body and clearly defined brightness. The fragrance and aroma are nutty at C+ roast level, with toasty bread hints, and lightly malted notes. I get a wisp of a pleasant smoked woody note in the cup flavors, body is fairly light. There is enough brightness to give the cup a nice acidity "sparkle," and I like the lively, mild cup it produces at a very light City roast. But it's more balanced and FC roast, where mild chocolate, malt and nice roast bittersweet notes take over.