Garuda Blend by Peet's Coffee & Tea Review |
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea

    Berkeley, California
  • Garuda Blend

Roast: Dark Review Date: August 2007
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Lovely aroma: sweet-toned, gently pungent, with distinct floral and complex fruit (banana, plum, orange) notes. In the small cup medium-bodied with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel and crisp, cedary structure; the fruit turns darkly chocolate. Chocolate and orange carry into a slightly heavy finish. In milk balanced, crisp, though the fruit and chocolate doesn't completely soften and bloom.

Notes: Peet's stores do not serve a standard espresso, as Starbucks and most caffes do. Instead, they rotate several of their coffees, including the popular Garuda Blend, an Indonesia-based blend first designed by founder Alfred Peet over thirty years ago. By manipulating temperature and airflow (what Peet's roast master John Weaver calls "the Peet's 'special sauce'"), Peet's achieves its signature pungent but smooth "deep roast." Peet's is slowly expanding beyond its passionately loyal base in the San Francisco Bay Area while maintaining its commitment to the roots of specialty coffee. Visit or call 800-999-2132 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A smooth, sweet dark-roast espresso: pungent but complex, without bitterness and with little astringency.


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