Green Mountain Coffee

Heifer Hope Blend

Location: Waterbury, Vermont

Origin: Lake Atitlan region of west-central Guatemala; northern Sumatra; southern Mexico

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: November 2005

Agtron: 53/72

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Dominated by a sweetly fermented fruit that reads as a rich, brandy-toned, cherryish chocolate. This lush flavor complex is heady in the aroma and sweetly refreshing in the cup. As the coffee cools, however, the ferment reveals a very slight bitter edge.


This unusual blend combines small-holder coffees from Mexico and Sumatra with coffee from the famous La Voz qui Clama en el Desierto (The Voice that Cries Out in the Desert) cooperative of indigenous Tzutuhil small-holding farmers in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. The La Voz farmers were among those hardest hit by the flooding and landslides caused by Hurricane Stan in late 2005. Heifer International is a development organization begun in 1944 and dedicated to “ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training.” All components of this blend are certified organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning they were purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Keurig/Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, pioneered single-serve capsule brewing in the United States with its Keurig brewing system, and remains one of the country’s leading large specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles. Visit www.GreenMountainCoffee.com or call 888-879-4627 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Social idealists who are lovers of the wilder and fruitier side of the coffee flavor spectrum.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2005 tasting report: Still Tastes Good: Guatemala and Chiapas

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