Baronet Coffee Pods for Senseo Fair Trade Coffee Pod Review
I've been sampling all of the Baronet pods over the last couple of weeks and I have to say - I am really enjoying all of the pod flavors they offer.
The Fair Trade Pods though hit a very near and dear note on the coffee pod front. If you don't know what Fairtrade coffee is then you're missing out on an opportunity to buy coffee that supports small coffee farmers the world over.
"Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between consumers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The chief concern of the Fair Trade movement has been to ensure that the vast majority of the world's coffee farmers (who are small holders) get a fair price for their harvests in order to achieve a decent living wage. Fair Trade guarantees to poor farmers organized in cooperatives around the world: a living wage (minimum price of $1.26/pound regardless of the volatile market); much needed credit at fair prices; and long term relationships.
I'm not going to go on and on - but I care about the people that produce the coffee that I make. Starbucks participates in brewing and providing Fair Trade coffee - and when I go to Starbucks I insist on Fair Trade coffee for any of the barista beverages they make for me. It's nice to know the folks at Baronet have provided a Fair Trade blend to brew in our single serve coffee makers.
Tasting the Baronet Fair Trade Coffee Pod
The folks at Baronet coffee claim:
"Fairtrade Organic Pods
A blend of the finest Fair Trade coffees in the world. Smooth, aromatic and full-bodied. 18 pods per sleeve."
I would have to agree. It's a smooth cup of single serve coffee and each pod weighs in at 10grams. This allows for you to use it in any of the Home Cafe, Senseo, Bunn, Juan Valdez, and other 62mm coffee pod machines.
As with other 10gram pods - you'll really want to stick to using one pod and take your chances with using 2. If you choose to use the double cup with 2 pods which isn't necessary to brew a 8oz cup of coffee, as we brew the double cup with a single 10gram Baronet pod, then make sure you wet the pods a little so they pack down and you don't get a Senseo explosion.
The Fair Trade coffee that's produced from the Senseo and Bunn machines is not too light and not too dark. It's just right. We've enjoyed it with some sugar shots along with some regular half and half and also some new flavored half and half hazelnut just to shake it up.
In the Senseo you get the level of crema you'd expect from a Senseo coffee pod. The coffee doesn't have the same amount of silky texture, but it's not missed because of the great taste.
We also want to say that each pod comes individually wrapped, and the packaging for each pod is some of the best we've seen. The Baronet package is a bright blue with clean accents and is a welcome addition to our morning strained sense of visual awareness before we even drink a cup of coffee. All than meaning - NICE DESIGN. :-)
So we give the Fair Trade coffee a 3.5 out of 5. It's not a totally different cup of coffee - but it's a great cup of coffee with a great message behind it. Thanks Baronet Coffee!
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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 22, 2005 6:37 AM