Ancora Coffee Roasters

Fair-Trade/Organic Brazil

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Brazil.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 43/53

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned and balanced aroma, with a tight-knit, quiet complexity leading with semi-sweet chocolate with support from savory herb, sweet orange, nut. In the cup medium bodied but smooth, delicate but rich. The nut-toned, semi-sweet chocolate declares itself distinctly, carrying into the long, rich finish.


This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. It is also offered under the umbrella of the Cafe Feminino program, which returns an additional two cents per pound to “provide extra income that goes directly to … women producers.” The grant-funded Cafe Feminino Foundation (www.cafefemininofoundation.org) “supports efforts to improve the view of women’s roles by supporting programs and projects that generate sales the women can control.” Judging by the low-toned, nutty/cocoa character, this is a traditional style of Brazil coffee processed by the natural or dry method, meaning the coffee was dried with both skin and fruit still adhering to the beans. Ancora Coffee is a wholesale and retail roaster and local cafe chain that emphasizes its commitment to small-batch artisan roasting. Visit www.ancoracoffee.com or call 800-260-0217 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Classic dry-processed Brazil - quiet, crisp, cocoa-toned - brought to a darkish but not aggressive roast, with impressive social and environmental credentials.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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