Favorite decaf?

Discuss roast levels and profiles for espresso, equipment for roasting coffee.
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N6GQ
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#1: Post by N6GQ »

Do you have a favorite decaf you keep going back to? I typically like light roasts, but have yet to find a decaf bean that I really enjoy.

Bonus if I can get them from Sweet Marias...thanks!
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#2: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

Jeff,

The problem with SM is that you can't get the same coffee again and again.

I loved
https://www.sweetmarias.com/catalog/pro ... tion-5951/

bought 20 pounds. But then out, now they have same region in a decaf and regular. Bought 10lbs of both and enjoy them both.

https://www.sweetmarias.com/rwanda-nyam ... -6329.html

Have you considered doing some wildly different roast approaches to see if that could be the issue.

Also liked this one alot
https://www.sweetmarias.com/ethiopia-de ... decaf.html

SM is my go to for decaf. I generally try 2 or 3 and then pick one and go for 10-20 lbs until that runs out.


That all said a friend of mine really liked one from Burman, but it is sold out too.


Hope this helps.
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#3: Post by N6GQ » replying to CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

Ya, same issue here with finding something I like at SM then not having it in stock when I go back to get more :(

Nowadays I usually order 20lbs at a time of ones that look good based on their description and the wheel of qualities. I tend to like sweeter beans with body (misnomer?).

Thanks for the thoughts...
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#4: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

Jeff, this is why I like SM, the descriptions and flavor wheel. I rely on those a lot over the years.

All you can do then is buy a few roast them all and then decide. We too love body and sweetness.
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#5: Post by GC7 »

I use decafe only for an espresso blend to make post-dinner dessert cappuccino's.

I've had surprisingly good luck with the Burman offerings and particularly the ones that are labeled as coming from Royal. My blend tends to be 40% Brazil, 25% Sumatra and 35% Colombia or Ethiopia (Guji presently). I don't generally brew them but all are quite drinkable with only a trace of that decafe aftertaste. My best suggestion good for all beans but especially decafe is look at arrival times and don't let them age too much. I make a blend I will use for a couple of months and vacuum seal the rest until I need it. I don't buy more than I will use in a reasonable time frame when new arrivals come in.

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#6: Post by keno »

Try an EA decaf from Colombia. The taste is much less distinguishable from regular coffee than water process decaf. EA stands for ethyl acetate which is a natural sugar that extracts the caffeine.

SM doesn't currently have any but Bodhi Leaf has this one: https://www.bodhileafcoffee.com/product ... ecaf-green