Costa Rica La Magnolia SWP Decaf

Mild and bright cup character, with remarkable sweetness, caramel, cocoa-chocolate "fudgecicle", molasses, cherry. City to Full City Roast
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86.3
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region Central America
Grade SHB
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City Roast to FC roast: I had nice, dark fruit in the FC roast, and it still had the brightness of the lighter roast
Weight 1
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La Magnolia is a trade name with a long history, and was consistently one of my favorite Costa Rica coffees for many years. Well, that was before I started dealing exclusively with the small farm micro-mills. But the fact is, La Magnolia is still a nice, clean cup, and this Swiss Water Decaf lot really impressed me for it's attractive sweetness. This coffee was formerly from Tres Rios area, but Tres Rios is now largely a shopping mall and subdivision in a booming suburb of San Jose, the Costa Rica capital. I am skeptical about how much coffee is truly grown in Tres Rios. Nonetheless, the La Magnolia mark goes on, and this Swiss Water cup was really nice. I noticed right away in the dry fragrance cup, a caramel and malty sweet note, with just a hint of molasses and fruit. This continues through the wet aroma, and into the cup, where sweetness, mild cherry-like fruit, and a nice velvety body. There's a very mild cocoa-laced chocolate note - it actually reminds me of a fudgecicle! I feel like this coffee sends another message, at least to me as a coffee buyer: Swiss Water has been working on their process and the results are improving. There was a time when everything from Swiss Water decaf plant tasted so flat and cardboard-like. But this coffee has a crystal clear brightness and sweetness, and a very smooth texture.