Good tasting decaf - is there such a thing?

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  1. Brad Scott

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    Gotta do decaf for health reasons. I already did the caffeine detox about 6 months ago, but since then I have yet to find a decaf coffee that tastes anywhere as good as regular. Tried Peets, Starbucks, 8 o'clock, Dunkin, Chock Full O' Nuts, Folgers Gourmet and about 5 others. All are bland, bitter, or just, well, "decaf" tasting. I actually like the taste of coffee and don't drink it just for the buzz, so I'm looking for a great tasting decaf ... if there is such a thing.

    I mostly use a Keurig for convenience during the week at work, but I also do French press/Aeropress on weekends, and it still tastes nasty.

    Does anyone make a decaf that has a bold, rich flavor without the decaf nastiness?

    Please say "yes." :)
     
  2. Bob Maximus

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    Try the Doughnut Shop decaf coffee owned by Green Mountain...(not the Green Mountain decaf in a green colored packet), for the keurig. Its probably the only one we've liked of all we tried.
     
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    I'm drinking Donut Shop Decaf right now - and you're right, it's not too bad. But it's still not as bold and rich as I'd like. But it's one of the few I can tolerate. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks - I will try the Sumatra and check out Caribou.
     
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    Caribou is a good product.
    Have you reviewed your portioning to adjust the flavor or are you using the same amounts as before with full power coffee?
     
  8. Glowing Tubes

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    I get great decaf at my local coffee roster. I've had decent decaf at Peets too. Keurig would not be an option for me. I grind fresh and my decaf is pretty darned good.
    Check your local coffee shop. Often they will carry a good one.

    Good luck.

    Life is too short for bad coffee.
     
  9. Nurk2

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    Stopped reading.
     
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    From the "snob" thread:

    http://www.thegearpage.net/forum/showpost.php?p=19480882&postcount=49


    :stir

    That would be my recommendation, too.
     
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    If decaf is done well and FRESH (most on the shelf bags and shop beans have gone stale because they don't seem as quickly) it will be indistinguishable from regular coffee
     
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    Hey. Anytime. We're almost at 90" of snow for the season, but if you want a cuppa, we're here!

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    I have to drink decaf as well for health reasons. I usually buy Dunkin Donuts whole decaf beans, mix in about 20% DD regular beans, grind, and use a Keurig reusable cup to brew. It does an ok cup and the caffeine isn't high enough to cause problems.

    The real fix though is I started on English breakfast tea, made with loose leaf and a diffuser. I can make that as strong as possible, it tastes great, and the caffeine isn't too bad at all. I like it better than coffee now.
     
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    And so expected...
     
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    I had to do the same thing. I honestly like most of the decafs. My favorite is Kauai Coffee...really good flavor. I had a harder time finding decaf soda that I like. Caffeine adds a bite to soda that I really miss, so I pretty much quit drinking soda... added bonus I suppose.
     
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    Peets & Eight o'clock (whole bean) are drinkable.
     
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    It's like someone coming in and asking: "what sorts of tubes should I use to get that big Bassman sound," and then, after listing off a number of tubes and different configurations, revealing that what they're working with is the sonic equivalent of a Pignose.
     

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