|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||South-central Kenya.|
|Review Date:||September 2007|
Blind Assessment: In the aroma pungent black cherry and berry notes with lush undercurrents of orange and honey. The cedary berry notes carry richly into the cup with a continued sweet envelopment of orange and honey. Deep, long finish.
Notes: Despite stresses brought on by charges of corruption and a confused transition toward an open market, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees, including some, like this one, that are certified Fair Trade, meaning they were purchased at a "fair" or economically sustainable price from their small-holding producers. Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : Classic social idealists.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2007 tasting report: Fair-Trade Coffees: The Controversy and the Cup