Each time we send off new coffees for decaffeination at the Swiss Water Process factory like antelope sprinting across the prairie, we’re looking carefully through our coffees for great candidates and new possible blends. We have have a wonderful example of a decaf version of one of our Proyecto Xinabajul coffees as well as 2 new blended decafs which provide truly unique and remarkable decaf profiles.
I actually tasted all of the decafs without looking at the coffees’ pages or Dan and Tom’s notes first and had some really nice surprises. Mostly that the flavors I found in each of the blends before I realized they were blends. That clarity and articulation of flavor is just simply unmatched in other decaffeinated coffees. Each of these decafs also lend themselves to a range of roasts, but most interestingly they all shine as light roasts which tend to be not so great for decafs as roasters generally are trying to cover up the “decaf” flavors of the coffee.
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The Xinabajul decaf did have some of the biscuity flavors that I might associate with a decaf coffee, but definitely leaning more to the sweetness with lots of cocoa and more of a cookie/biscuit note in the fragrance and aroma. The warm cup has the biscuit note but with an Apple-like flavors in coffee can take on many different forms. The more common ones we use relate to malic acid brightness, which can recall different apple types: green... ...more brightness in the middle of the palate on the City+ roast is an ideal roast level that occurs roughly between 425 and 435 degrees Fahrenheit in many coffee roasters with a responsive bean probe where First Crack... ...more roast. It’s a fairly mild cup and there’s some Vanilla notes in coffee are often related to caramelization notes, as butter and vanilla can be found in flavors and aromatics of roast reactions from reducing of sugars. ...more wafer with the cocoa right on the front of the palate as it cools with more sweet apple. As the coffee continues to cool it really opens up nicely with lots of sweetness and brightness throughout in a perfect balance. This is a clean, sweet, approachable decaf with lots of potential in the roaster.
Read more on Proyecto Xinabajul and on some Decaf Fundamentals here: