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The Freddy Corleone of Coffee

  • Apr 12, 2008
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If I were to coin a phrase to describe a character who was not only weak willed, but also on the shady side I'd call him a "weak cup of coffee." For instance, I'd call Freddy Corleone a "weak cup of coffee." Or maybe I'd call a weak cup of coffee a Freddy Corleone. Either way...

I suspected I was in trouble with this eco-sensitive Yuban just by the packaging. It fills all the requirements of being an "eco-cliche." The palette is brown and green, and the cover photo is of a sun-dappled forest - somewhere - could be Latin America, could be Wisconsin. And then there's the clever guilt inducer: The Coffee You Make Can Make a Difference. OK, Yuban Coffee, a Maxwell House brand, owned by Kraft Food Global whose parent is Altria (formerly Philip Morris) is looking for a new niche. Caveat Emptor: Whenever a multinational goes green they're in it for the green - expect chicanery. This green Yuban is a minimum 30% Rainbow Alliance certified coffee, the smallest amount possible to gain certification. That gives us 70% business as usual. 30% green is an attempt at market share, not earth stewardship. Is it better for the environment? Yes. Is it better for the workers? Yes. (But please see Yuban's pedigree for a balancing of the scales.)

The next sign of trouble came when I opened the package. I actually had to stick my nose into the bag in order to get an aroma. Bad sign. This was the breakfast blend, so I didn't expect a very dark roast, and my expectation was more than met. Pale would be a good word, beige might be better. Maybe this is their "beige blend." The coffee was also as dry as stale tobacco.

On to the flavor: Yuban (Rainforest Alliance) Breakfast Blend brews up a thin cup of coffee.

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Start your morning right by brewing a fresh cup of new YUBAN breakfast blend coffee. It’s smooth and satisfying with a rich, full-bodied taste, and its blend includes beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance™ certified farms, where farmers improve their skills and environmental practices enabling them to grow and sell better beans, receive better wages, and build stronger communities.
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