Peet's Coffee & Tea
Hard, high notes surprise in both aroma and cup, persisting into the aftertaste. But if you taste attentively the fundamental, Indonesian matrix of the coffee emerges beneath the sharpness: rich, subtly low-toned, balanced, with some tones that even could be called chocolate. In the first round of cupping the sharp notes seemed to energize the coffee; in the second they just tasted sharp.
Hard, high notes surprise in the aroma and cup, but the Indonesian chocolate tones can be detected. Unlike most Sumatra and Sulawesi coffees, which are produced by small growers and processed in their back yards, Java is grown on large, government-managed estates and processed by the classic wet method. This coffee is from Blawan estate.
Who Should Drink It
People who find Sumatras too deep and too subtle. Try it strong in a French press; should handle both milk and sugar. Or how about a cappuccino drinker tired of the same old thing?
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This review originally appeared in the April, 1997 tasting report: The Dark-Roast Controversy