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signal15
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Posted Sun Mar 13, 2011, 9:06pm
Subject: Looking for a decaf that cuts through milk
 

I love coffee... a little too much.  After a 6 year caffeine hiatus, I've been drinking 1-2 cups a day.  Apparently, when you drink 6 cups of coffee, 12 mountain dews, and a couple of red bulls in one day, you get heart palpitations.  And the doctor tells you that you have to cut out all caffeine.  It's under control now.  :)

I have one double from a Moka pot in the morning right now.  But I have a PL41 on the way.  Looking for an awesome decaf espresso blend that really cuts through the milk and has a strong chocolate and tobacco flavor.  Any suggestions?
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2011, 7:10am
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Intelligentsia's Decaf Black Cat blend might be a good. The description has the chocolate and tobacco notes that you might be looking for.
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Posted Mon Mar 14, 2011, 9:57pm
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Awesome.  Thanks.
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Posted Tue Mar 15, 2011, 6:31am
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This, of course, presumes you like Black Cat to begin with . . . it's certainly popular, but not everyone is a fan -- especially of their decaf.

Obviously this is a personal choice (you have your taste buds in your mouth, not mine; and vice-versa), but presented in the FWIW Dept., my three favorite decafs are (in alphabetical order):

 
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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2012, 9:34pm
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Anyone else have input on this?  I've been drinking a lot of the Paradise Decaf Espresso blend.  It's really really good, but doesn't have as much of the tobacco flavors I like.  Their Havana is awesome, and if it wasn't for the heart arrhythmias,  I'd be drinking the Havana all the time.  

I also like the 5lb pricing that Paradise has.  $50 or so for 5lbs is a great price.  It doesn't appear that you can get Black Cat Decaf for anywhere near that price.
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2012, 5:32am
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Hi Signal15,

First, I am also always in search of great decaf!  Two recommendations, both made from forum members here:  Jason recommended, in this thread and elsewhere, Redbird decaf and it really is great.  It's subtle, but great.

drGary recommended Counter Culture's decaf Rustico - strong chocolate flavors and I love it.  A bit more expensive than Redbird.

Both are great.

Good luck

Chris
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2012, 8:54am
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Also, try Klatch's decaf house blend (www.klatchroasting.com).  I prefer the FTO version, but one of the more experienced regulars here prefers the non-FTO version.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 10, 2012, 4:16pm
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Velton's three ravens decaf is a fantastic espresso.

Also, Deep Cello black tie decaf is very, very good as an espresso.

I enjoy either of these as an americano, but they also are very nice for milk based espresso drinks.
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Posted Sun Mar 11, 2012, 8:00am
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Any comments on Compass Coffee Roasting's Decaf Swiss Water Process Blend?

I love their Handlebar (caffeinated) espresso blend and want to order some decaff too. Mainly just trying to avoid extra shipping charges getting from two different roasters- BUT part of their description of their decaf includes "citrus" which I usually don't think I'd care for in a decaff. I would prefer the chocolate and tobacco described by Signal15...

Thanks.
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Posted Sun Mar 11, 2012, 12:19pm
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Anyone living in or near Portland Ore. NEEDS to try Spella's decaf Brazilian if you're looking for a milk-friendly decaf (or for any other reason for that matter).  This is amazing coffee, but only available locally at Andrea Spella's wonderful cafe or a shop or two in town - no Web order.  His other non-decaf coffees are equally fine.
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