Wake Up Healthy Asian Ginseng-Infused Decaf
|Roaster Location:||Eugene, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Not Disclosed|
|Review Date:||May 2005|
Blind Assessment: Richly smoky aroma, with some sweet chocolate- and apricot-toned fruit and wood tones that are just aromatic enough to escape smelling like burned old board. In the cup thin-bodied but smooth in mouthfeel, with pleasantly and delicately smoky wood tones and hints of cedar and semi-sweet chocolate. The finish is simple but clean, sweet and free of astringency, with some faint recollections of chocolate.
Notes: Health angle: Decaffeinated coffee infused with Asian ginseng, which contains ginsenocides that supporters claim promote release of energy and contribute to mental alertness and a general sense of well-being. It's not clear to me why the creators of this coffee did not retain the caffeine so that those who drank it would obtain an energy-release twofer, but perhaps ginseng drinkers are suspicious of caffeine. Caffe Botanica small-batch roasts and naturally infuses its coffees with herbs and minerals. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A pleasant way both to take ginseng and presumably benefit from the antioxidant properties of coffee, assuming most of them survive decaffeination.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2005 tasting report: The New Health Beverage: Health-Enhanced Coffees