Organic Sumatra Fair-Trade, Medium Dark Roast by Trader Joe's Review |
  • Trader Joe's

    Pasadena, California
  • Organic Sumatra Fair-Trade, Medium Dark Roast

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: January 2008
Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Intense, roundly balanced aroma with mildly pungent roast character and orange, nut and cedary chocolate notes. In the cup low in acidity, medium in body and agreeable but rather simple aromatically: bittersweet, woody, with only a hint of cedary, perhaps earthy, chocolate. Not a long finish, but sweet and rich.

Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown and also Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. At Trader Joe's in Northern California, $6.99 per 14-ounce fiberboard can whole-bean, or $0.50 per ounce. Trader Joe's is an innovative discount gourmet chain currently with stores in at least twenty states but no mail order. Visit for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Balanced and accessible with little of the earthy, pungent character associated with Sumatras. A Sumatra-lite with excellent social and environmental credentials.


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