Body and sweetness are big in Gera Jimma decaf, liquid brown sugar, fruit juice, and more. Notes of toasted carob, corn syrup, doughy sweet bread, and peach and pear accents. City to Full City+. Good espresso or blend base.
"Decaf" conjures memories of coffee flavored drink, a pale example, poor representation of what coffee's supposed to taste like, roasted to a crisp as to obfuscate the flavors that come with the decaffeination process. Thankfully, this is a thing of the past. The Swiss Water decaf method involves nothing more than water, first swelling the beans to become porous, then washing away 99.9% of the caffeine before drying back to 11% moisture. This is a very gentle method compared to decafs of yore, and leaves much of the volatile compounds that affect flavor and aroma intact. Send a floral, fruit-forward regular coffee to Swiss, and get a floral, fruit-forward decaf in return! A little about this particular coffee. We bought this coffee direct from coop Nano Challa, a coffee we've bought for several years now, and is a highlight of our Ethiopian coffee list. Unlike some of the small-holder coffee areas we buy from where harvest lots can be less than 10 bags, Ethiopian cooperatives produce large blends of the coffees of coop members. We bought a full 320 bag container of this coffee, and were able to easily peel off a chunk for decaffeination.
Body and sweetness are what's most apparent to me when cupping this Ethiopian decaf offering. Right out of the gate (or, brewer rather), Gera Jimma has a sweetness like liquid brown sugar, with body the weight of fruit juice, albeit a little oily in mouthfeel. Fruited notes are on the understated side, but I do get accent notes of peach tea, apple and Bosc pear. The cooling cup reveals a toasted carob powder note, along with a long lasting corn syrup flavor, and doughy sweet bread accents. This coffee doesn't need much roast development to kick up hefty sweetness, and actually, taking close to 2nd snaps proved too smokey for my taste. City+ is where this decaf shines in my opinion, that is if you're looking to retain some of the flavor markers of the coffee's origin. But if you're just looking for balance of sweet and bitter tones, by all means, head to the edge of Full City. I don't think you'll be disappointed! Great espresso option too on it's own, or a sweet and bodied base for blending.