|Roaster Location:||Viroqua, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Fondo Paez Cooperative, Valle de Cauca Department, western Colombia.|
|Review Date:||February 2008|
Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned, delicately complex aroma: flowers, hints of honey, cedar and tart cherry, perhaps chocolate. In the cup very gently acidy, light in body but buoyant and silky in mouthfeel, and giddily floral- and honey-toned with complicating hints of chocolate, tart coffee fruit and Riesling-like white wine. Fades rather quickly in the finish but exquisitely clean with memories of chocolate and flowers. An exceptionally pure and balanced coffee.
Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown. Although the words "Fair Trade" appear as well on the label of the attractive 12-ounce valve-topped can, the trade-marked seal of TransFair USA, the sole American certifier for the Fair-trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO), does not. Fondo Paez is a cooperative of 550 farmers from the indigenous Paez people of central Colombia. Kickapoo Coffee is a Wisconsin micro-roaster devoted to organic and fair-trade principles and coffees. Visit kickapoocoffee.com or call (608) 637-2022 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: A refined and refreshing coffee with great natural sweetness and balance. Avoid adding anything to it.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2008 tasting report: Juan Valdez's Progeny: Micro-Lot and Other Fine Colombias