Original Premium Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Northfield, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||September 2008|
Blind Assessment: An easy cup to describe but a difficult one to rate, given that canned blends of this kind are hardly coffee at all in the traditional understanding of the term, rather another kind of beverage altogether: no acidity or brightness, sweet but woody, with an herby, peppery pungency and a molasses note that aspires to chocolate but doesn't quite make it past the wood and herb. Smoothes out in a neutral but pleasantly sweet finish. We gave it the benefit of the doubt at 81.
Notes: This inexpensive coffee blend is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning a minimum of 30% of the blend components were produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Yuban is a division of Kraft Foods. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Environmentalists on a super-tight caffeine budget, though they should keep in mind that they may be spending only 30% of their purchase price on a greener world.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2008 tasting report: The Rainforest Alternative: Twelve plus One Rainforest-Certified Coffees