Tasting Notes: Cocoa, Orange, Plum

Tasting Notes: Cocoa, Orange, Plum

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El Tambor Decaf

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Palencia, Guatemala


Variety: Pache, Red Bourbon, Caturra

Processing: Swiss Water Processed

Origin: Palencia, Guatemala

Producers: Victor Calderon

Altitude: 1750m

The name of the El Tambor farm in Palencia, Guatemala has an interesting origin: many years ago the locals in the area would hear a faint thumping sound like a drum-beat during the rainy season, which was assumed to be noise from an underground waterfall. The noise mysteriously ceased shortly after WWII, but the name for the area has remained. The Calderon family purchased the farm in 2001, moving from a different area where they had previously been farming at a lower elevation. Since then, they've been making the most of El Tambor's prime coffee-growing location, with several Cup of Excellence awards spanning 2007 to 2018.

This lot of Red Bourbon, Caturra, and Pache varietals has been gently decaffeinated using a Swiss Water Process that leaves the coffee bursting with unique flavor. We're picking up on a smooth cocoa note combined with a hint of orange zest and sticky-sweet plum. Vibrant decaf coffees are hard to come by, and we're grateful to see excellent producers like the Calderons keeping the quality and complexity high for the decaf-drinkers of the world. Enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5

Delicious, refreshing

A heckin’ solid cup of coffee

On 02/21/19 BJ said

Glad you liked it! Whenever we find a decaf this tasty we get really excited.

Mike Moses


Member Since

August '16

5.0 out of 5


The best decaf ever really great coffee



Member Since

August '16

5.0 out of 5


Smooth mellow blend. Much better than expected for decaf

stanley sidwell


Member Since

January '19

4.5 out of 5

Very flavorful decaf

I liked this one a lot. I brew in v60 and many times I need a splash of milk for everyday drinking. This one was great by itself, especially for iced coffee. Delish)

Daria Romanovna Sinrod


Member Since

April '19

5.0 out of 5

Great Taste

I needed to switch to decaf and was pleasantly surprised by how great it tastes!

Jennifer Crocker

Santa Monica

Member Since

June '19