Espresso Review - AIPEP Bolivian Espresso by Just Coffee
  • Just Coffee Cooperative

    Madison, Wisconsin
  • AIPEP Bolivian Fair Trade Espresso

Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2013
Origin: Caranavi Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia. Price: $10.75/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Ken rated this softly bright espresso three points higher at 92 than the co-taster did at 89. Ken simply seems to have found more going on and liked what he found better: a fuller mouthfeel, a slightly more complex set of aromatics (for Ken citrus, honey, flowers, chocolate; for his co-taster taster citrus, praline, pear), a longer finish and a more complex, persistent flavor in milk.

Notes: AIPEP is a cooperative that represents approximately sixty farming families. This coffee is certified organically grown. Although it is described as "100% Fair Trade" on the front of the bag, judging by the absence of trademarked seal it may not be certified Fair Trade by Fair Trade USA, the sole American certifier for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). Instead it bears the seal of 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." Just Coffee is a politically motivated business that believes in working for peace, encouraging social change and roasting high-quality coffee. Visit or call 608-204-9011 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy softness and balance in a medium-roasted espresso.


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