[Cross-posted to CoffeeGeek forums; apologies if you end up reading it
twice. Actually, don't read it twice. It's the same. Really.]
So I've been scratching my head at all these reviews that mention
berry flavors in coffee. Blueberry seems to be a favorite. I never
tasted a hint of any berry flavors. I got citrus, sure, that's easy,
but no berries. I was a berry skeptic.
So tonight I "pulled" a double in my Aeropress (hence "pulled" in
quotes), and gave it a sniff, as I always do. It mostly all smells
like coffee to me -- really, really good coffee. This time I thought,
"Hm, that's funny, smells like cherries." Had a sip of it undiluted.
"Goodness, it sort of tastes like cherries, too." Diluted it about
1.5:1 with hot water, had another sip. BAM! Tart cherries, clear as
day. Still taste it lingering on my tongue, 15 minutes later.
So here's the kicker. It's a decaf -- it's late evening in my neck of
the woods, and I don't do caffeine after early afternoon.
Specifically, it's Sumatra Tapanuli decaf from Sweet Maria's. Given
Tom's description of this coffee (bass-heavy, low-acid), I was
certainly not expecting berries. I was a bit easy on the roast -- I
think it's probably barely FC, in a modified Poppery, no hint of
second crack. I did not log the roast time (shame on me), but I've
been aiming for 9-11 minutes in my recent roasts. Roasted it about
2.5 days ago.
Just when I thought my level of obsession was starting to taper off...