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Starbucks Coffee

Decaffeinated Kenya

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin:

Roast: Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: August 1997

Agtron: 34/43

Aroma: 6

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Blind Assessment:

The acidity is powerful yet subdued, slightly (and properly, given the origin) winy. Not much depth or resonance, but a nutty sweetness emerges in the finish that surprises, given the origin. The roast contributes some slight carbon tones.

Notes:

In this coffee, the acidity is powerful yet subdued, and slightly winy, finishing with a surprising nutty sweetness. Decaffeinated by the European process, involving use of methylene chloride.

Who Should Drink It: I can only speculate how the winy Kenya profile has been tweaked by the decaffeination process. Somewhere a nutty sweetness snuck in to complicate the usual Kenya acidity. But it's a pleasant enough complication. Those who feel overpowered by the acidy richness of a typical Kenya might prefer this sweeter, smaller, more limited version of the great East African profile.


This review originally appeared in the August, 1997 tasting report: Decaffeinated Coffees

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