Coffee Review - Reindeer Blend by Caribou Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Reindeer Blend

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2011
Origin: Indonesia and Central America Price: $15.99/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Complex and distinctive darker-roasted profile. Pungently sweet and deep in aroma and cup: dark chocolate, cedar, grapefruity citrus, fresh-turned earth. The mouthfeel is full and rough, perhaps appropriately so given the earthy, autumnal character of the aromatics. Chocolate, citrus and earth carry into a richly dry finish.

Notes: Reindeer Blend is a popular annual holiday offering of Caribou Coffee. This year it will be available November 10th through the holidays while supplies last. This blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning all of the coffees composing it 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: Rusty and hearty but balanced and complex. The pungent, earthy fruit character of Indonesia coffees is particularly nicely framed by a moderately dark roast.


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