Dark Roast Holiday Blend
|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Sumatra; Panama; Kenya|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2019|
Blind Assessment: Very roast-prominent, chocolaty and spiced-toned. Chocolate, charred mesquite, date, baking spices, dark caramel in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with a bitter edge; full though drying mouthfeel. The finish, while sweet, is dominated by burned wood notes that obscure the underlying chocolate and fruit.
Notes: This blend was purchased from a Peet’s Coffee retail location as a nationally branded benchmark comparison for the holiday blends from other smaller roasters reviewed this month. It is comprised of three coffees: a wet-hulled Sumatra Batak, a washed-process Panama Finca Don Bosco, and a washed-process Kenya. Peet’s Coffee, now a national chain, was founded by Alfred Peet in 1966, making it one of the first and most influential artisan coffee roasters in the U.S. Visit www.peets.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: An interesting blend skillfully dark-roasted, save for the bitter, burned finish. Otherwise, quietly intriguing, sweet and smoky.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2019 tasting report: 2019 Holiday Coffees: Celebratory Blends That Elevate the Ordinary