31 May '13, 9pm
Helpful advice for anyone wanting to get the best quality decaf roast.
same coffee, same roast level, regular and decaf The classic decaf flavors that most people think of are the overwhelming maltiness and in the worst cases the wet cardboard flavors of both aged and damaged coffees, but these flavors are generally either the results of the original quality of the coffee itself or the intensity of the decaf processing. When the right coffee is selected and the process is carefully monitored, a good deal of the coffee's characteristics should survive. A really great decaf shouldn't taste all too differently than before it was processed for decaf. Mike Strumpf of Swiss Water Process states: "In our process, a decaffeinated coffee should taste like the original green coffee and nothing else. After each decaffeination run we sample roasts and cup the before and after decaffeination samples side by side, focusing primarily on any differences in c...