Sweetly pungent, nut-like in the aroma with hints of raisins and night flowers. In the cup medium in body with syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet in structure with continued pungent moist earth and grapefruit notes. Continued hints of raisin and night flowers. Cleanly rich, long finish.
Decaffeinated Single-Origins: A Slow Tour with Limited Stops
By Kenneth Davids
March 3rd, 2008
A sweet, crisp, delicately rich pungency dominates the character of this quiet coffee. Prune/raisin, butter, dark chocolate, lavender-like floral notes in aroma and cup. Balanced, gentle acidity and a medium body with silky mouthfeel. The flowers and chocolate carry into a long, clean, very impressive finish.
A slight menthol-like astringency throughout the profile is the only restraint to this otherwise exceptional, complexly engaging coffee. In the aroma sweet-toned and balanced with pungent orange and butterscotch notes and hints of flowers and nut. The acidity is gentle and integrated, the cup very sweet but crisp in structure, with continued orange, nut, flower and very distinct cocoa or baker's chocolate notes. The nut and floral notes carry into a rich finish, although the shadow tightness that nags its way through the cup has the last word as the nuts and flowers fade.
A sweet-toned, gently acidy, lyric medium-roasted coffee struggling with the dampening impact of decaffeination. Orange, white wine, and temperate fruit notes, pear perhaps, almost succeed in soaring over a decaf woodiness.
Complex aroma: molasses, dark chocolate, pungent earth notes, with hints of flowers. In the cup lean-bodied and dominated by sweet-toned musty earth notes that could read as an outdoorsy dark chocolate. Pungent citrus, continued floral hints. Stays just on the rich side of astringent in the sweet-toned finish.
Very sweet-toned aroma, simple but balanced, with hints of orange and cedar. Continues its quiet way in the cup, gently and sweetly acidy with continued hints of orange and cedar. Lean but silky in mouthfeel. Rich, long finish with only a hint of astringency.
Impressive aroma: crisp but smooth, rich, with butter, lavender, dark chocolate notes, a hint of toast. Big-bodied and balanced in the cup, but the aromatics simplify: continued dark chocolate with a touch of citrus and lavender. Rich, sweet short finish with a slight astringency in the long.
The roast dominates the coffee, pleasantly enough. Deeply roasty aroma: toast, cedar, prune- and apricot-toned fruit. In the cup medium in body but surprisingly silky in mouthfeel, simple and roundly roasty with continuing hints of cedar and apricot. Sweet, rich short finish, slightly chalky in the long.