Coffee Review - Sumatra Volkopi Peaberry by Paradise Roasters
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: June 2013
Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Crisply pungent yet sweet, balanced. Salt taffy, walnut, fresh-cut fir, chocolate, with slight hints of flowers and citrus in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently acidity; richly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, crisply drying finish.

Notes: Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired for their complex earth, fruit and aromatic wood notes that result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices collectively called wet hulling. This is a particularly refined version of the style. This sample consists entirely of peaberries (“PB”), a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An attractive balance of drying, slightly savory pungency and chocolaty sweetness in this original variation on the Sumatra cup.


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