Higher Grounds Trading Company

Fair-Trade Mexican Decaf

Location: Leland, Michigan

Origin: Oaxaca State, Mexico

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: June 2005

Agtron: 34/53

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 6

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

A profile so delicate it has difficulty asserting itself. Gentle and lyric in the aroma, with sweet nut and a cherryish fruit that carry into the cup but remain subdued and without authority, a charming but distant warble in the woods.


This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair-Traded, meaning it was purchased from the small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Decaffeinated by the water and charcoal filter method, without the use of solvents. The nicely-named Higher Grounds Trading Company specializes only in coffees that are certified Fair-Trade and organically grown. Visit www.highergroundstrading or call 877-825-2262 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who avoid sensory as well as pharmacological excitement.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2005 tasting report: Win Some, Lose Some: Decaffeinated Coffees

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