Farmer/Grower: A collective of growers in the Marcala Region
Varieties: Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai
Altitude: 1450 m.a.s.l.
Density: 1.13 g/ml
Harvest Date: March, 2021
Arrival Date: December, 2021
Grade: SHB, ORGANIC
SCA Cupping Score: 84.75
Fragrance and aroma of cocoa butter, flavors of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla with an aftertaste of yellow fruits, nice citrus acidity like grapefruit and orange with a heavy body and creamy mouthfeel.
Decaf can be tricky to roast due to its darker than normal appearance. The humidity of this coffee is not as dry as most Swiss Water Decaf and the coffee roasts a bit more like conventional coffees. This honey processed lot shows a lot of character on the cupping table and can be enjoyed from light to medium to dark roasts, depending on preference. A light roast will have much more acidity than typical decaffeinated coffees.
Yellow and red catuai varieties are pulped and dried in their mucilage as a honey. The coffee is then shipped to Descamex in Mexico where the caffeine is removed with pure water from Pico de Orizaba using a water saturation process that removes caffeine without the use of chemicals.
There was hardly any chaf. It took a long time to reach first crack stage. By then I had a medium-dark roast. I think this coffee tastes very good.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Rebecca.
The Mountain Water decaffeination process definitely affects the beans in an odd way, but we agree with you that this is a super tasty decaf!
Honduras Marcala Honey Mountain Water Decaf
We drink Central American, mostly Honduran, decaf. IMHO, the Marcala Honey is a tad richer with more cocoa and less fruit than the Royal Select. I drink it as Espresso. My wife likes it as an Americano. Velvety, lots of crema. I hope Hacea keeps it on the menu.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Jan. Glad you are enjoying this tasty decaf coffee.
We certainly intend to order it and decaffeinate it every year!
Best Decaff I have ever Tried!!!
What an amazing decaf for coffee and espresso. Serve it to a friend and they will never know it to be a decaf but they still might be pretty cranky.