Counter Culture Coffee
Organic Fair Trade Mexico Pluma Hidalgo
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Oaxaca State, south-central Mexico|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||September 2004|
Blind Assessment: A refreshingly medium roast delivers a dry fragrance of crisp linen scented with geranium that develops into wet aromas of spiced chocolate and browned sugar sweetness with wisps of burned match-like sulfur. Pleasing heft and complexity in the cup. A muscular coffee with a surprisingly crisp and clean finish.
Notes: Certified organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning small-holding farmers have been paid a "fair" or economically sustainable price for this coffee. Counter Culture's Sanctuary line offers quality coffees grown in conditions that help maintain essential habitat for North American migratory songbirds. Ten percent of the proceeds from each bag sold is donated to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of deep, rich and savory Oaxacan mole sauces.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2004 tasting report: The Fair-Trade Cup: Quality and Controversy