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What is the very BEST-TASTING decaf?

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Sarah Cat Jul 6, 2009 07:31 AM

I make the Kicking Horse decaf, and it's pretty good, but it still has that decaf taste — what is the very best-tasting decaf out there? I prefer swiss water processed and fair trade, but my most important criteria is TASTE. Is there such a thing as a decaf that tastes like a rich, full, caffeinated coffee? I'm happy to spend extra if it will make the difference. Help!

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    phantomdoc RE: Sarah Cat Jul 6, 2009 07:35 AM

    Recently surprised by how good a cup of Folgers decaf tasted.

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      pastina RE: Sarah Cat Jul 6, 2009 06:21 PM

      I'm partial to "Damn Fine Decaf" from I Deal. But I'm not much of a decaf drinker.

      1. jayt90 RE: Sarah Cat Jul 6, 2009 06:49 PM

        There is a wide variety of Swiss decaf beans at Greenbeanery, although only a few will be fresh roasted on any given day.
        Prices are good, just be prepared to make your decision from their generic descriotions.

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        Green Beanery
        565 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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          OTFOODIE RE: Sarah Cat Jul 7, 2009 08:43 AM

          The flavour profile I like is dark-roasted and drier, with less acidity, so I generally buy a decaf Indonesian dark roast. I generally find that these decafs are closer in flavour to their non-decaf equivalents than a more acidic Central or South American pair of coffees.

          I used to buy my decaf at Moonbean in the Kensington Market. I think it was about $12/lb and very good. I think it was a Mandheling. However, Moonbean is not nearly as convenient for me as it used to be, so lately I've been getting Organic Swiss Water Process beans custom-roasted at Highland Farms, for the same price. It's been over 6 months now that I've been drinking this and loving it.

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            mobirose RE: OTFOODIE Jul 7, 2009 08:46 PM

            Do you know if these are available at all Highland Farms locations?

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              OTFOODIE RE: mobirose Jul 8, 2009 04:24 AM

              It never occurred to me that they weren't, however, I can only vouch for the store on Dufferin, south of Steeles. You could call; all the store numbers are on their website.

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                Sarah Cat RE: OTFOODIE Jul 9, 2009 02:49 PM

                this is fantastic! all of it! thanks so much.

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