Coffee Review - Sumatra Samosir by Caribou Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sumatra Samosir Batak

Roast: Dark Review Date: February 2011
Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Price: $13.99/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Intense and distinctive in aroma and cup: earth, fresh-cut fir, pungent grapefruit. Moderate acidity, medium body. The intensity and intrigue in the flavor thins a bit in the finish, though the grapefruit-like citrus persists.

Notes: This coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Caribou Coffee is a large (second largest in the U.S. after Starbucks) retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Classic Sumatra aromatics in a tactful dark roast: A grapefruit-like citrus enlivens earth and fir.


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