- Coffee is roasted fresh immediately prior to packaging
- Coffee beans are slow-roasted to bring out a fuller, more even flavor
- Whole bean coffee stays fresher longer
- Coffee beans are packaged to ensure optimal freshness
- An exclusive blend roasted only by Coffee Bean Direct
A very delightful decaf
This is a blend of medium and dark roasted decaf beans. I’m certain that one of the beans is the Columbian decaf, since I’ve drunk enough of that to recognize it. I’m pretty sure they added their decaf Sumatra, and I’d guess that there’s also some dark Guatemalan in the blend. But regardless of the specific varieties, the end result is a smooth, rich cup.
The beans are mostly dark roasted – I’d guess the ratio of medium to dark is about 70% dark, 30% medium roasted beans. But despite the emphasis on the darker roasts, you don’t get the harsh, burnt flavor that is often present in really dark roasts. The darker roasts add depth, but the medium roasted beans keep it mellow.
It’s a very versatile bean with regard to brewing methods. I was very pleased with it as a pour over, and it also did quite well in a French press. The French press mellowed out the sharper notes but retained the richness. Brewing it in a moka pot also turned out better than I expected given the preponderance of darker beans (I tend to prefer medium roasts for moka brews). My success with a moka pot made me try it as espresso with mixed results. It was just OK as a straight shot, but was very tasty as an Americano. I expect it would be good as well as a latte (I’m not a milk drinker, so I can’t say for sure).
If you’re looking for a good decaf, this is a great one to try. If you’re unsure if you will like it, you can get a small trial bag from Coffee Bean Direct to try it out before you spring for a 5 pound bag. Amazon is the best place to get the 5 pounders since they usually are priced below getting it from CBD. You can also get a great price if you can find it on the Amazon Warehouse.