Dark Roast Rainforest Alliance Certified

Location: Northfield, Illinois

Origin: Not disclosed.

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $6.49/11 ounces

Review Date: November 2011

Agtron: 0/40

Aroma: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

Aromatically simple but rich, with a roundly roasty character and suggestions of dark chocolate, nut and cedar. Silky mouthfeel. The finish is sweet-toned, though slightly woody and astringent. The can does not claim 100% Arabica but we found no obvious suggestion of Robusta in the cup.


Purchased pre-ground in a 12-ounce metal can at a Safeway supermarket in Northern California; 59 cents per dry ounce. A minimum 30% of the coffees in this blend are Rainforest Alliance certified (www.rainforest-alliance.org), meaning they were produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. This blend may contain coffees of the Robusta species, though Robusta character is not obvious in the cup. Yuban is a brand of Kraft Foods. Visit www.yuban.com or call 800-982-2649 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A smooth, quietly nuanced darker roasted coffee in a roast-and-ground canned format.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2011 tasting report: Don't Give Up Your Grinder: Pre-Ground Supermarket Coffees

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