Coffee Review - Sumatra Blue Batak by Peet's Coffee
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea

    Berkeley, California
  • Sumatra Blue Batak

Roast: Dark Review Date: January 2012
Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Price: $16.95/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Rich, pungent, grapefruit-like citrus dominates aroma and cup, with dark chocolate, berry and cedar complication. Round, crisp, balanced acidity; leanish mouthfeel. Sweet-toned but drying finish.

Notes: Blue Batak is a particularly refined version of the traditional style of fruity, earthy Sumatra coffee. Originally founded by the late Alfred Peet, one of American specialty coffee's pioneers, Peet's is now a publicly traded corporation that so far has managed to maintain its essential identity during a slow, careful expansion from its intensely loyalist base in the San Francisco Bay area. Peet's signature dark, "deep" roast is often imitated but less often duplicated. Visit or call 800-999-2132 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A pungently authoritative but cleanly refined Sumatra in a tactfully darker-roasted style.


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