Cooked fruit aroma, rustic sweeteners, wheat puff cereal, wine-y strawberry, prune juice and bold chocolate roast tones. City to Full City. Great SO espresso or for a fruited espresso component.
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural), then SWP Decaf|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||December 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 15+ Screen - expect some broken beans from decaf|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Type||Decaf, Farm Gate|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Here's another custom decaf by Swiss Water Processing, and a coffee we currently have as non-decaf as well. This is a rare opportunity to try the coffee both ways, or blend together if you're just trying to cut down on caffeine! Limu Kossa farm is both a geographic area of the Oromia district, as well as the name of a privately run farm in the region. It's a sizable estate that is broken into 15 hectare sections with marked varieties of coffee planted within. This lot is from a part of the farm run by a gentleman named Gidhey, who's has a long coffee history in this area (that's him at right in the 2nd photo). His first farm was lost to re-zoning of the area to forest, not a bad thing, but forced Gidhey to continue his farming somewhere else. That "somewhere else" is a 350 hectare piece of land, the coffee planted beneath the shade of primary forest canopy high above. The organization that Gidhey has employed at the farm level and in his processing, and natural beauty of Limu Kossa farm are breathtaking to say the least. They are producing both washed and natural coffee, this being a fully dry process lot (we carried a wet processed lot last year, but settled on this sole DP this time around). The farm sits just above 1900 meters above sea level and stretches upward to 2100 meters at the highest part which they refer to as "Sinsina". This is a fully organic certified coffee, and while it is also Rain Forest Alliance certified, we did not bring it in as such.
After tasting the hefty sweet cup of the non-decaf Limu Kossa, we knew right away that we wanted to peel off a chunk to feature as a single origin decaf. Here's a rare opportunity to try the same coffee two different ways (check it on on Sweet Maria's, or Coffee Shrub). This decaf has a nice spiced fruited smell when kept to City+ or lighter, dried berry hints and a whiff of fruited cocoa. Aromatically, rustic sweeteners come through as do allusions to stewed fruits. The sweetness found in the cup has a wheat puff flavor at City and City+, definitely due-in-part to the decaf process. But it's also very fruited (it started out as dry process after all), flavors of winey strawberry and prune juice were the two flavors that came to mind. Full City roasting constructs bold chocolate roast tones, while allowing for dried and cooked fruited suggestions to bubble up from underneath. Limu Kossa decaf is a more fruited espresso than our other decafs and certainly worth giving a go on it's own. It's also works great as a blend component, adding the extra 'umph' needed to make any decaf blend stand out.