Allegro Coffee

Indonesia Malacca Straights Pure Water Decaf

Location: Thornton, Colorado

Origin: Indonesia, probably northern Sumatra or southwestern Sulawesi

Roast: Very Dark

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Review Date: June 2005

Agtron: 26/43

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 3

Body: 9

Flavor: 6

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

A very heavy-bodied coffee, roasty but not burned, low-toned to the point of bluntness, with pungent cedar notes that approach semi-sweet chocolate and a hint of Mediterranean herb.


This unusual coffee is a decaffeinated version of the famous aged coffees of Indonesia. Aged coffees are held in specialized warehouses in Singapore on the Malacca Straits for two to five years after harvest, causing them to lose acidity, gain body and acquire a heavy, pungent character. This aged coffee was decaffeinated by the water and charcoal filter method, without the use of solvents. Allegro Coffee, a subsidiary of Whole Foods Market, offers one of the country’s largest selections of single-origin coffees. Visit www.allegrocoffee.com or call 800-227-1107 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Acidity avoiders and sensory adventurers.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2005 tasting report: Win Some, Lose Some: Decaffeinated Coffees

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