iDecaf Coffee Company – Ethiopian Longberry (2017)
iDecaf Coffee Company - Ethiopian Longberry$21.99
- Little complexity
- No roast date on bag
- Little transparency on decaf and coffee production process
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I don’t usually drink too much decaf coffee, but when iDecaf Coffee Company reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying a couple of their coffees, I figured it was about time for me to try some new decafs.
Today’s review is specifically for one of their more popular single-origin coffees, the Ethiopian Longberry.
General Notes & Observations
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Processing method: Swiss Water Process
Growing altitude: Unknown
Roaster aroma notes: None
Coffee Concierge aroma notes: roasty, coffee, milk chocolate undertones
Roaster tasting notes: berry, citrus, earthy, floral
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: milk chocolate
Brew Methods & Equipment Used
- Behmor Connected Coffeemaker
- Bonavita Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle
- Breville Smart Grinder Pro
- AeroPress Coffeemaker
About iDecaf’s Decaffeination Process
Taken directly from their website:
“Although there are many methods available to remove caffeine from coffee beans, Idecaf Coffee Co strictly adheres to the safest methods available in the industry to decaffeinate the coffee beans. We employ methods such as the Swiss Water methods, indirect organic solvent method amongst others to achieve this. Our decaffeination process adheres to established industry standards, are safe and free from harmful chemicals.'”
It’s hard to say if the decaffeination process had any negative impact on taste without comparing to the regularly caffeinated version of the coffee, but I didn’t pick up any unusual or unpleasant notes.
If anything, there was only a slight funk to the aftertaste, but nothing that was completely off-putting.
An Origin Lost?
Given that these beans are roasted on the darker end of the spectrum, it was very difficult for me to discern any of the flavor notes iDecaf mentions on their website.
If I had not known this was an Ethiopian coffee before diving into the bag, I’m not sure if I would have ever found out. Nothing about the coffee was particularly reminiscent of the Ethiopian coffees that I regularly drink.
But again, this likely had more to do with the darker roast level than anything.
Although iDecaf’s Ethiopian Longberry lacked sweetness, acidity, and complexity, it made up for its shortcomings with its thick body and overall consistency when brewed across various brew methods.
I thought it was a nice option for afternoon and evening drinking, but it didn’t really warrant hands-on brew attention through the likes of my Chemex or AeroPress, since it tasted pretty much the same when brewed as auto drip.
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