Decaf coffee is something I rarely seek out, but this bag happened to catch my eye during a recent trip to Denver. I was at Pigtrain Coffee at Denver’s Union Station and this was the freshest coffee there so it was a no-brainer, even though I usually think “what’s the point” about decaf… but I know I have at least a few readers that would appreciate more decaf tastings! This one’s for you guys.
Whole bean: Sesame, red bean. This was unexpected!
French press: This had a rather reddish hue in the cup. It tasted strongly of chocolate truffles… thick and one-dimensional in flavor but quite a pleasant dimension!
Chemex: Not bad, but it doesn’t taste like much… I had a hard time dialing in the grind for this bag and I brewed this batch for a whopping 5:40 (instead of my usual 4:00!) but even then, the coffee was on the bland side. Points for being forgiving though?
AeroPress: Fudgy, decadent, and sweet.
V60: Bland and a bit sharp on the finish. Not my favorite.
Summary: After I finished the tasting and looked closely at the tasting notes, I was shocked as nothing I smelled or tasted in the cup had anything to do with buttercream or caramel or citrus, but I did enjoy the depth of chocolate flavor in the immersion methods. I liked this decaf in a french press and in the AeroPress and it would be a good one to try, preferably complimented by a nice chocolate dessert of some sort!
From the roaster: Buttercream, caramel, light citrus
Review conducted 10 days post-roast.