When we began crafting a Decaf "House Blend", we set out with a few simple goals in mind:
1. Pick a flavor profile that would appeal to a wide variety of coffee drinkers. It's like when it's too early in the morning and all you can think when you're asked "which coffee would you like?" is: "the good coffee." To us, that means smooth, rich, balanced a bit sweet, not too fruity or acidic and just easy drinking.
2. Pick a flavor profile that can be consistently achieved year round despite the seasonality of coffee. This requires a little knowledge of which coffees are in season and when as well as the general profile of regional coffees, but hey, that's what we do!
3. Pick a roast level that would compliment all the blend components. This one can be tricky. We finally landed on Full City + (Medium-Dark) to help smooth out any acidic bite without getting rid of too much of the sweetness and body. Sure it'd be easy to go darker with it since that would get rid of most of the origin flavors of the coffee and make it more consistent year round, but we're up to the challenge. Experiment with your roast level and see where you like it best!
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: Carried year round, blend contents vary based on seasonality
Acidity & Brightness: Fairly bright, slightly sweet
Balance & Finish: Good balance, nutty finish
Body & Texture: Rich body and smooth, creamy texture
Flavors: Milk chocolate, caramel, cherry & pecan.
Processing: Fully washed, blend of Mountain Water Process Decaf & EA “Sugarcane” Decaf
Blend Components: Central and South American coffees
Recommended Roast Range: City+ to Full City+ (light-medium to medium-dark)
We like our Decaf house blend at a Full Medium roast (Full City) or between 1st and 2nd crack. If you prefer less brightness and a bit more body, go for a Full City+ or just a couple snaps into 2nd crack. For more brightness, aim for the tail end of 1st crack for a City+ roast.