|Roaster Location:||Sara Lee Coffee & Tea, Harrison, New York|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||March 2002|
Blind Assessment: The aroma is thin, faintly sweet and tea-like, with mildewed nut notes. The cup is, well, thin, faintly sweet and tea-like, with mildewed nut notes.
Notes: Sold roasted and ground in an 11.5-ounce can; 35 cents per ounce. The language on the can ("New! Smooth & Gentle!") suggests that this blend represents a sort of split-the-middle effort to capture consumers who care neither for the dry, acidy sensation of the traditional American cup nor the bittersweetness of a dark-roast cup. Or, another way to look at it: turn the bland character of a cup dominated by cheap robusta coffees from defect into virtue.Call 1-888-246-2598 for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Those on extreme budgets who can't stand even a hint of acidity or dark-roast character.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2002 tasting report: The Robusta Fuss