|Roaster Location:||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Rwanda; Nicaragua.|
|Review Date:||February 2009|
Blind Assessment: Pungent dry berry notes of the kind often called black currant, dominate in the aroma, with hints of orange, chocolate and aromatic wood. In the cup subdued acidity, substantial body, continued dry berry and chocolate notes with a backgrounded musty earth. The cups were uneven in our sample, with the best cleanly rich and dryly chocolaty in the finish and another revealing the slightly too aggressive sharp mustiness.
Notes: Available in a 12-ounce valve bag at $7.95. A blend of medium and dark roasted coffees from Rwanda and Nicaragua. This coffee is described as "100% Fair Trade" on the front of the bag. However, judging by the absence of trademarked seal it may not be certified Fair Trade by TransFair 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
Who Should Drink It: Coffee adventurers. An interesting blend, low in acidity, big in body, and almost uncontrolled in its range of sensation.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2009 tasting report: House Blends: Comfort Coffee and Beyond