Colombia Royal Select WP Decaf
A classic high-grown Colombia coffee in decaf form. Aromatic, smooth, and balanced. It is not overly complex, and certainly not edgy. Instead it is a well-rounded and satisfying cup. Notes of cocoa, maple syrup and lemon zest.
Arrival Date: February 11th, 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Bright and gentle sweetness
Balance & Finish: Well balanced with long clean finish
Body & Texture: Full body, creamy texture
Flavors: Cocoa powder, maple syrup & lemon zest
Grade: SHG & Excelso
Processing: Wet (European Prep/Washed, then water decaffienated)
Our Review: Colombia and Viet Nam run neck and neck as the number two and three biggest exporters of coffee in the world. The main difference is that Viet Nam exports mostly robusta, while Colombia exports mostly mountain grown Arabica. Sort of like comparing Florida (oranges) and Washington (apples) as to which is larger in terms of exporting "fruit". Anyway, you get the picture.
That is changing. Several distinct farms are maketing their coffee under their own estate names. In co-op produced coffee, region or district names are being applied and becoming better known. This more distinct labeling is indrectly causing the quality to improve--if your name is on something, you want it to be good!
That is sort of what has happened with our Colombia Royal Select Water Processed Decaf. The coffee comes from Royal Coffee (New York and Oakland). Royal became concerned with the poor quality (and taste) of decaf coffee and decided to do something about it. They select the beans to be decaffienated instead of allowing the exporters to just send whatever beans they want to the decaffienation plant. They also select the plant (a state of the art faclility in Switzerland). Then they follow up with very stringent quality control. The result is a very, very nice cup of decaf coffee. And the process is simple--select outsanding coffee, decaffienate it using the best possible method and equipment, store and ship the coffee with care, and watch it every step of the way. Simple. Yeah, right.