Ethiopia Sidama-Limu SWP Decaf Blend
A small portion of two of the current-crop Ethiopias were reserved in order to make this decaf blend. That alone makes it "custom", but it's also a custom decaf in that it was processed at a decaffeination plant in Canada. In case you don't already know, this is the Swiss Water Processing plant in Vancouver, where they effectively remove near-100% of the caffeine using a water swelling and wash technique, which leaves much of the volatile compounds undisturbed. Decaffeinating coffees you've already purchased does add to the overall cost of the coffee. With coffees like these Ethiopias, they yield amazing results - deep sweetness, top note complexity, and yes, florals.
Aromatically, this Ethiopia decaf has a fruited sweetness to it, backed with thick, undercurrent of dark sugar. This latter aspect is intense in the wet grounds, and with a fruited nose, gives off an impression of cherry cola. Berry and honey develop too, and the break releases a basil-like smell in the steam. The cup is syrupy-sweet, continuing the cola-like theme as sensed in the aroma.
Syrupy-sweet, cola note, hibiscus flower tea, mildly floral. From light brown sugar to pungent molasses dependent on roast. Berry and cinnamon accents.