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Postby genecounts on Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:43 am

Evening routine is strictly decaf. Have tried dozens of roasters from Vivace to Intelligentsia to Counter Culture. Keep coming back to my roasts. Everything good providing Swiss Water Process.

Presently using Sweet Marias Eth Yirgacheffe Shakiso SWP Decaf. So good have 10 pounds. The description of honey, jasmine orange is spot on. My wife likes the slight choc at edge of FC. MMMMM
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Postby Eastsideloco on Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:19 pm

My wife is also on an all-decaf regime, so we've tried quite a few different blends. She mostly drinks cappuccinos and is partial to Italian-style espresso blends. Her favorites blends to date are probably the decaf Rustico blend from Counter Culture and the Decaf Espresso North Italian from Terroir Coffee (George Howell Coffee). If you're less interested in more traditional espresso blends, Klatch has good decaf options. We've tried a lot of different decaf options (often based on HB recommendations), including some SO offerings, from Velton, Stumptown, Metropolis, Cuveé, TONX and so forth.
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Postby Anvan on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:26 pm

I haven't tried all of these mentioned above, but I can certainly vouch for SpeedBump - lovely stuff, and another winner from the Deep Cello folks.

A few blocks away, Water Avenue Coffee roasts a terrific decaf version of their El Toro blend. Then another few blocks will bring you to Coava, which usually has a Decaf Honduras or other Central American S.O. - these are often remarkable, especially - to me anyway - through a Kone even more than as espresso. And if you live in Portland, local-only Spella Decaf Espresso can be had at the caffe or a very few markets in town: well worth seeking out.
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Postby pacificmanitou on Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:06 pm

I don't do decaf much, but I like having the option. Right now I'm using a Paupa New Gunea from Sweet Maria's. I just roast in a 4 ounce batch and use it till its gone (for freshness. It seems like decaf right after roast is like regular coffee a day or two after, and after a couple days, its impossible to work with). Before I started roasting I got a decaf blend from a local chain in my area.
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Postby drgary on Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:16 pm

pacificmanitou wrote:I don't do decaf much, but I like having the option. Right now I'm using a Paupa New Gunea from Sweet Maria's. I just roast in a 4 ounce batch and use it till its gone (for freshness. It seems like decaf right after roast is like regular coffee a day or two after, and after a couple days, its impossible to work with). Before I started roasting I got a decaf blend from a local chain in my area.


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I don't find your generalization holds with the decaf I'm roasting these days, Guatemala Huehuetenango Royal Select Decaf. It seems to age about as I would expect for the caffeinated version. I roast it to Full City + and freeze it airtight, at peak, 7 days post roast. This 88 point coffee is very good. Freezing allows me to roast larger batches rather than limit to 4 oz.
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Postby zin1953 on Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:05 pm

Presented in the FWIW Dept., my favorites (in random order) are the decafs from Vivace, Red Bird, and Verve . . .
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Postby JimWright on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:13 am

espressoStraight wrote:My wife is a decaf drinker (which is a pain in my morning routine because I hand grind her beans) and we've tried a few different decaf options before she settled on her favorites. For milk drinks (she likes cappas) she by far prefers the Decaf Swiss Water Process Blend from Compass Coffee. This is our "house" decaf at this point and there is always some on reserve in the freezer.

In the low caf category - we found speedbump from Deep Cello to be phenomenal. As a straight shot or in an americano this is a favorite in our house. Doesn't hold up as well to milk drinks but has a fantastic flavor profile and richness in an americano. I tried a sample when I was ordering some Nostromo and my wife was "ordering" americanos until it was gone. I also find it to be a great option for evening drinks for me (although... time of day never really has much impact on my caffeine intake :lol: )

How are you prepping the Speed Bump? Ordered a bag of this and a bag of the Bossa to try this week.
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Postby trihard on Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:59 am

I am pulling the Speedbump at 201 degrees for 24 seconds using 18 grams. It is great!
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Postby JimWright on Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:25 am

Much obliged! Mine should arrive tomorrow and I will report back. :)
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Postby yakster on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:57 am

I recently picked up a bag of Chromatic Coffee's Shadow Puppet decaf blend, described as a classic blend of equal parts Dry process Ethiopia Sidama, wet process Guatemala, and wet hulled Sumatra by the roaster.

I pulled some yesterday at work and besides the nice coriander notes I also got a sweet grapefruit note, it's a nice, bright decaf espresso blend.

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