Coffee Review - Michigan Bright by Higher Grounds
  • Higher Grounds Trading Company

    Traverse City, Michigan
  • Michigan Bright, Coffees for Change

Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2012
Origin: Africa; South America. Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Gently pungent, balanced. Aromatic oak, lemony citrus, hints of chocolate and flowers in aroma and cup. Round, quiet acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Hints of lemon and chocolate in a slightly drying finish.

Notes: Five dollars (about 42% of the total price!) per bag sold of this coffee goes directly to Focus: HOPE, a celebrated human and civil rights program dedicated to practical solutions to problems of hunger, economic disparity, inadequate education and racial divisiveness in the city of Detroit, Michigan. This coffee is certified organically grown. Although the words "Fair Trade" appear on the label, judging by the absence of trademarked seal this coffee may not be certified Fair Trade by FairTrade USA (formerly TransFair USA). However, Higher Grounds is affiliated with the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to "providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide." The nicely-named Higher Grounds Trading Company specializes only in coffees that are certified Fair-Trade and organically grown. Visit or call 877-825-2262 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Persuasive local cause, nicely balanced cup.


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