Sometimes you find a nice quality cup from a coffee lot that, besides the flavor description, does not have much to say ... it lacks a story behind it. Such is the case with this decaf Costa Rica. But while tasting it, I thought that we sell coffee, not stories, and this is a respectable decaf coffee, with balance and brightness. It's from one of the mid-sized exporters in Costa Rica, someone we don't normally relate to since we buy farm-direct small lots from micro-mills. This is from a macro-mill (joke, sort of) in the West Valley and comes from bulk coffee cherry purchases in the region, not from a specific farm. But for a decaf I really liked this coffee.
The dry fragrance here is nice; sweet, nutty and softly fruited. There's a molasses and malt syrup sweetness, mild chocolate, as well as macadamia nut in the wet aroma. The cup has a mild brightness, with "chocolate fudgesicle" flavor. I guess you have to remember fudgesicles from back in gradeschool to get that one. It's a cocoa-chocolate-milk-malt flavor, unless you eat the stick. There are malt and vanilla flavors in the mid-range. To maximize these qualities, I recommend keeping the roast light. City + is plenty for this coffee, and retains a bright, lively character, and a slight twist-of-lemon accent. It's not going to knock down any doors with it's power, but after all it is decaf, and isn't really intended to. In fact it might open a few doors with its balance and pleasantly restrained cup character.