Just Coffee

Espresso Monkey Decaf

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Cuzco region, Peru

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $9.00/12 oz.

Review Date: June 2010

Agtron: 35/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned aroma with some brightness and woody nut and cherryish fruit notes. Soft acidity, silky mouthfeel. The cup is delicate, sweetly balanced, with tart cherry and nut that grow increasingly woody as the cup cools. Sweet finishing, with a slight decaf sourness that also intensifies as the cup cools.


A blend of dark and light roasted Peru coffee from the Pangoa Cooperative, decaffeinated by the “water only” method without use of solvents. Certified organically grown. Although this coffee is described as “100% Fair Trade” on the front of the colorful bag, the absence of the trademarked Fair Trade seal indicates it is not certified by TransFair USA, the sole American certifier for the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO). Just Coffee is, however, affiliated with the buyers’ group Cooperative Coffees as well as 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 coffee business committed to working for peace, encouraging social change and roasting high-quality coffee. Visit www.justcoffee.coop or call 608-204-9011 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Fast decaf drinkers; enjoy this colorfully packaged, progressively sourced coffee while it's hot.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2010 tasting report: Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru

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