Coffee Review - Caribou Blend by Caribou Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Caribou Blend

Roast: Dark Review Date: November 2010
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $10.99/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Pungent dark-roasted blend. Scorched wood and pruny sweetness in the aroma soften and complicate in the cup: dark chocolate, raisin, hints of lemon and savory cardamom. Surprisingly smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor thins and fades in the finish, though the pleasing dark chocolate suggestion persists.

Notes: Combining coffee from Indonesia, Central and South America, this blend is Rainforest Alliance certified, in this case meaning a minimum of 75% of the blend components were produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Caribou Coffee is a large (second largest in the U.S. after Starbucks) retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who can accept some aromatic finesse in an otherwise rugged dark-roasted blend.


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