Thanksgiving Coffee
Nicaraguan Maragogipe Light Roast


Fort Bragg, California

Overall Rating: 94 points*

Aroma: 8
Acidity: 8
Body: 8
Flavor: 8
Aftertaste: 8
Roast (Agtron): Light/Medium-Light
(75/63)




Reviewed: December 2002


*One of the highest overall rated coffees ever on coffeereview.com
Origin: Nicaragua

Notes: Maragogipe is a botanical variety of the arabica species that produces extremely large beans. The beans that make up this splendid coffee are not pure Maragogipe, however, but come from a hybrid tree that is a cross of Maraogipe and another variety, caturra. This hybrid is variously called pacamara, or, in the case of this version, created by the Byron Corrales family of the Matagalpa district of Nicaragua, mara-caturra. Curiously, this hybrid, whatever it is called, produces a much more complex and aromatic cup than either of its parents, the Maragogipe or the caturra. Thanksgiving offers the mara-caturra in both light and medium roast styles. The lighter roast better preserves this coffee's startling nuance. One of the country's groundbreaking socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving has aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility long before the latter preoccupations became fashionable.

Blind Assessment: Extraordinary, luxurious coffee, lushly sweet yet vibrantly acidy, with ripe, opulent fruit tones and delicately intense floral high notes. Utterly free of bitterness or astringency. Perfectly roasted, and as extravagantly complex as the very finest East Africa coffees. Nominator David Lubertozzi of Berkeley raves about its "amazing body and milk- chocolateyness," and confesses he enjoys it even better cold than hot -- always a sign of an exceptional coffee.

Who should drink it: Almost any way you drink this one you should enjoy it, but it would make an excellent choice for lovers of moderate dark roasts who want to experiment with a light-to- medium-roasted coffee that is naturally sweet and free of the sharp sourness many coffee drinkers justifiably associate with light roasts.



Thanksgiving Coffee
Boquete Region Panamanian Coffee


Fort Bragg, California

Overall Rating: 92 points

Aroma: 8
Acidity: 7
Body: 7
Flavor: 9
Aftertaste: 9
Roast (Agtron): NA (0/0)




Reviewed: June 2000
Origin: Lerida estate, Boquete growing region, western Panama.

Notes: MPowerful yet smooth and sweetly balanced. The acidity is round and ripe. High-toned fruit -- pears perhaps -- deepen toward roasty dry prune and bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Boquete is one of Panama 's leading growing regions, located on the eastern slopes of Volcan Baru, near border with Costa Rica.

Blind Assessment: Powerful yet smooth and sweetly balanced. The acidity is round and ripe. High-toned fruit -- pears perhaps -- deepen toward roasty dry prune and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

Who should drink it: A versatile coffee -- just round and roasty enough to complement dessert but assertive and acidy enough for American-style breakfasts.



Thanksgiving Coffee
Fair Trade Coffee, Light Roast*


Fort Bragg, California

Overall Rating: 88 points

Aroma: 7
Acidity: 7
Body: 8
Flavor: 8
Aftertaste: 8
Roast (Agtron): NA (0/0)




Reviewed: August 2001


*This coffee is available in the following Thanksgiving Coffee blends:
  • Mayan Breakfast Blend
  • Hazelnut – Organic Mayan
  • Song Bird Guatemalan
  • Origin: San Juan Laguna, Lake Atitlan growing region, Guatemala.

    Notes: A richly expansive, deeply dimensioned coffee, caramelly, smooth, with an elegant balance of slightly bitter roasty notes, sweetness, and a gently fruity acidity. Produced by a famous cooperative, "La Voz qui Clama en el Desierto" (The Voice that Cries in the Wilderness), this coffee is grown by hundreds of indigenous farmers on tiny plots on the volcanic slopes above Lake Atitlan. It is grown in a tangle of mixed vegetation.

    Blind Assessment: A richly expansive, deeply dimensioned coffee, caramelly, smooth, with an elegant balance of slightly bitter roasty notes, sweetness, and a gently fruity acidity.

    Who should drink it: Everyone, though its balance and natural sweetness probably makes it most attractive to those who take their coffee black or with modest amounts of whitener or sugar.



    Thanksgiving Coffee
    Songbird Shade Grown Costa Rican


    Fort Bragg, California

    Overall Rating: 87 points*

    Aroma: 8
    Acidity: 7
    Body: 7
    Flavor: 8
    Aftertaste: 8
    Roast (Agtron): N/A (0/0)




    Reviewed: August 2001


    Origin: Tarrazu growing region, Costa Rica.

    Notes: Rich, sweet, with a gentle lift from the acidity, complicated by pronounced chocolate fruit tones (think chocolate-covered cherries). Llano Bonito is a high-grown Strictly Hard Bean coffee from the admired Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Produced by about 500 small-holding farmers. Certified organically grown and Fair-Trade certified.

    Blind Assessment: Rich, sweet, with a gentle lift from the acidity, complicated by pronounced chocolate fruit tones (think chocolate-covered cherries). The body reads as bigger than it is owing to the general richness of the cup. Not much range or complexity, but a fundamentally pleasing cup.

    Who should drink it: As simple but appealing as a youthful smile. Excellent black, but big and rich enough to animate milk.



    Thanksgiving Coffee
    Fair Trade Coffee Decaf*


    Fort Bragg, California

    Overall Rating: 86 points

    Aroma: 7
    Acidity: 6
    Body: 8
    Flavor: 8
    Aftertaste: 7
    Roast (Agtron): N/A (0/0)




    Reviewed: August 2001


    *This coffee is available in Thanksgiving Coffee’s, “April's Smile - Fair Trade Decaf Blend.”
    Origin: San Juan Laguna, Lake Atitlan growing region, Guatemala.

    Notes: Rich, balanced, deeply dimensioned, sweet and mouthfilling at the front end, a touch bitter toward the finish. Meadowy hints of flowers waft in the sweetness. Produced by a famous cooperative, "La Voz qui Clama en el Desierto" (The Voice that Cries in the Wilderness), this coffee is grown by hundreds of indigenous farmers on tiny plots on the volcanic slopes above Lake Atitlan. Decaffeinated by a solvent-free process.

    Blind Assessment: Rich, balanced, deeply dimensioned, sweet and mouthfilling at the front end, a touch bitter toward the finish. Meadowy hints of flowers waft in the sweetness.

    Who should drink it: An excellent Fair-Trade decaffeinated coffee; just bright enough for classic coffee drinkers but full and rich enough to invigorate milk.



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