Judging Java on CoffeeReview.com
So, you wanna buy Fair Trade coffee, but there's just something about those sealed bags of beans that makes you seriously wary of what's inside. Packaging on eco-friendly products can be a touch too colorful, kinda papier-mache crunchy and seem to me to be I dunno unprofessional. The fear: That these well-meaning...... coffee companies are valuing social issues over coffee quality.
Coffeereview.com got hip to the issue and has come out with a 1 to 100 rating system for Fair Trade certified coffees similar to those well-known wine scales, each complete with a couple of graphs of classic wine-like descriptors: "a dense and chewy coffee with an elegant, silky velvet finish" with "tobacco-notes" and "musty earthiness". Somehow, it works. [by Tamara Holt]