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There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee after a meal, and although we have tried many sorts of Ground coffee I usually go back to my favourite brand. My daughter gave us a packet of Fairtrade coffee as her husband only drinks his favourite brand and she had won this in a Grocery pack. I do buy several fairtrade products as we have a stall at church and we live in a fairtrade town, but coffee isn't one of my usual favourites so I was in no hurry to sample my coffee.
The packet is the same style as most brands and is foil line for freshness, but different to the picture supplied by Dooyoo. The outside is mostly dark brown, with the Café Direct sign and the name "Machu Picchu" in lime green colour, there is a little writing in white and more in green plus a picture of a spade handle, or a "pala" which is used for many things in coffee growing. The sides are lime green with black writing which is easy to read. There is a resealable tag on the back of the packet that can be pealed off to keep the coffee fresh, plus the suggestion to store in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresher. It should be used within 2 weeks of opening. My packet has a best before date of September 2011.
This coffee is 100% Arabica beans and is organic and produced in Peru. There is 227 grams in a packet and it is medium strength no 4, suitable for cafetieres and filter machines. It is described as "Sumptuously rich flavours of nuts and dark chocolate". There is a sticker on my packet saying that they won a "great taste gold in 2010".
On one side there is information on which strength coffee is right for you from 1 - 5, the number 4 strength being Medium/strong. There are instructions on how to make the best coffee and they suggest 1 heaped dessertspoon of coffee per cup, and suggest when using a cafetiere that you leave it to infuse for 3 - 5 minutes.
I store my coffee in a special sealable tin for coffee and it seems to keep it fresh tasting. So far I have only used my coffee maker for making coffee as I like to steam heat the milk to make it as a cappuccino or latte. I filled the correct size container for 2 cups of coffee, pressed it down firmly and made the coffee as normal. It tasted quite nice. Not perhaps as strong as my normal ground coffee, but perfectly enjoyable, well I thought it was but I had a mouthful of grounds when I reached the bottom of the mug! I checked my husband's mug too and if I knew how to read fortunes I would have had a bash! The coffee didn't seem finer than my normal brand but disappointedly it seemed to filter through.
Fairtrade ensures that the growers and their communities are helped in many ways, the farmers can then invest in things like education, their health and organic farming methods. The beans are hand picked and expertly roasted to yield their delicious flavour.
My coffee was a gift but it can be bought in Tesco for £2.88, Waitrose for £3.73 or from Traidcraft stalls for around £4.
There are many reasons for buying Traidcraft products and I do agree with buying them to support the farmers in having a fair wage, but I also weigh up the taste compared with the taste of non fair-trade products and also the cost. The cost varies so much but if I can buy it at the cheaper price from Tesco then I will buy it sometimes, but it wasn't quite as strong as I like and the fact the grounds came through as it filtered was a bit annoying. Overall a reasonable coffee but top of my top ten ground coffees.
Machu Picchu Mountain Special is 100% gourmet grade arabica coffee, grown organically in the Peruvian Andes by the farmers of COCLA co-operative, just below the Inca ruins. Aromatic and well-rounded, it has good body, a fine flavour and light point.