|Roaster Location:||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||May 2004|
A lush, complex cup that derives some of its considerable appeal from slightly fermented fruit tones: apricot in the aroma, apple and pear in the cup, all turned overripe and slightly chocolate-leaning by the ferment. Some cups were gloriously sweet and juicily fruity; others slightly bitter in the finish. Marcus Fitzsimmons nominated this coffee, adding a general plug for Caribou Coffee: "Awesome selection of various coffees including a welcoming store-side atmosphere."
Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning farmers have been paid a formula-determined sustainable price for their coffee. Caribou Coffee is a retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who can't stop eating chocolate-covered raisins.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2004 tasting report: Readers' Nominations