Peet's Coffee and Tea
JR Reserve Blend
|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||February 2003|
The balanced dark roast is so tactful that even some acidity survives. Shimmering inside the dominant roastiness are tantalizing shimmers of flowers, a gentle, generalized fruit, and rounded citrus notes, grapefruit perhaps. A slight astringency in the long, rich finish reduced the rating for me, but other coffee drinkers may find this sensation bracing.
The JR in the blend name is a reference to the blend's creator, Peet's longtime green buyer and coffee guru Jim Reynolds. (Jim observes: "After thirty years you get a Peet's blend named after you.") Originally founded by the legendary 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, very dark "deep" roast is often imitated but less often duplicated. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who prefer a slight acidy bite in an otherwise smooth, roundly full dark roast.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2003 tasting report: Roasters' Choices