Sent by CarrieEditor: Carrie, we actually have a short post about this in the archives:
To sum up: When coffee is decaffeinated, regardless of the process that is used, some of the flavor is lost. It will often have a thinner body, and a sour aftertaste. One of the best ways to avoid the worst defects of decaf coffee is to look for blends. Don't choose beans from just one region (Africa, Latin America, Indonesia) — look for a blend that has been specifically crafted to balance the defects created by decaffeination.
A good local roaster should be able to guide you to something like this! Good luck — I can't drink coffee after 1 or 2pm, so while I am a pretty intense coffee geek, I also am always looking for a well-balanced, well-roasted decaf.
Readers, any recommendations?
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