El Salvador Matalapa-Fana SWP Decaf
There's enough sweetness and cleanliness in the profile of this new decaf blend, that aromatically and in the cup it comes close to fooling you of its caffeine content. The dry fragrance has a toffee nut smell to it that's like nut-brittle candy. Light roasts have a fruited aspect as well with a scent of red berry along with a slight herbaceous note. The wet grounds are very sweet with a smell of dried peach and apricot, and an earthy, grain syrup note. The break releases a bit of an oatmeal cookie scent with dark roasts showing a sweet, sorghum syrup note. This is a fairly straight forward cup, with a well rounded profile of unrefined sugar sweetness, flecks of fruited notes, and slight malic acidity. Flavors of peach skin and orange pekoe come out in both light and dark roasts, and acidity tends to sparkle 'brightest' at around the City+ roast range. This coffee definitely builds in body with roast, and darker, Full City/Full City+ roasts will make a great option for decaf espresso.
Country: Decafs
Region: La Libertad District, El Salvador; Wollega, Ethiopia
Grade: SHB EP and Gr 2
Processing: Wet Process, then SWP Decaf
Crop: February 2014 Arrival
Appearance: .4d/300gr, 16 - 18 Screen - some broken beans from decaf process
Varietal: Bourbon, Heirloom Varietals
Intensity/Prime Attribute: Medium intensity / Clean sweetness, gentle acidity, nuanced fruits
Roast: This coffee does great in the City+ to Full City range and beyond; dark roasts will make great espresso
Compare to:
Dry Fragrance 8.30
Wet Aroma 8.50
Brightness/Acidity 8.30
Flavor/Depth 8.60
Body/Movement 8.5
Finish/Aftertaste 8.20
Sweetness 8.40
Clean Cup 8
Complexity 8.00
Uniformity 8.50
Cupper's Correction 4.00
Total 84