Following is my note from my previous posting. I hope this may be
relevant to the current discussion. I still have same comments about
these coffees, except that Huehue is probably more general acidity and
not very citrusy. Jalapa and Huila are my favorites, as well as some
of the Toraja, Mandheling and Mexican decafs I had before. What I
really love to see is natural decafs of really good
Harar/Sidamo/Ghimbi and Yemen (and I don't mind methylene chloride if
it would do). Today's decaf already proved that acidity can be well
preserved. Some decafs are too acidy to my taste anyway. I would love
wild, potent, deep, complex decaf!!
I tried a small batch of Huehue decaf and Nic Jalapa decaf. My package
had some shipping issue for which I am trying to get some remedy, so
I'm reluctant to touch these bags too much until they tell me what to
do with these... (Ziplock bags opened during shipping and beans were
spread all over in the box...) but having 40 lbs of coffee in front of
me is like showing a carrot to a horse...
Anyway, this is my comment from first small cup.
I took Huehue decaf to about halfway between city and full city in 10
minutes. I stopped the roasting when I sensed the first wave of
pungent smell. The dry aroma has some cinammon, which is very
nice. This is citrusy, very bright coffee with some natural sweetness
with little body.
I took Nicaragua Jalapa decaf to full city- in 10 minutes. This is
quite contrasty to Huehue because it has good body and nice
bittersweetness, yet enough sweetness (molasses) and somewhat milky
touch. I have a feeling that this coffee would take more darker roasts
well and also make a good melange.
Another favorite decaf of mine is Columbia Huila decaf. I bought some
last year and it was excellent. (havent tasted the new arrival yet)
This one is nice clean columbian but has berry/raisin notes. So it
blends very well with a bit of Yemen or Harar, the balance being
Toraja decaf, at least in my hand. (This is my SM5k standby.) Columbia
adds some sweetness to balance out without losing intense berry notes.
"I can't believe I'm here.
People always say that I'm a long way from normal."
(Bob Dylan, Normal, Illinois, 13 February 1999)