Peet's Coffee & Tea
Major Dickason’s Blend
|Roaster Location:||Emeryville, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2007|
Very rich, deep, balanced aroma with hints of cedar, orangy fruit and semi-sweet chocolate. Rather fat-bodied in the cup, with continuing hints of flowers, dark chocolate, and a pungent citrus that I read as grapefruit. A distractingly sharp, astringent mouthfeel rounds and softens as the cup cools, but continues to dominate in the finish.
Purchased pre-ground in a sealed 12-ounce foil-laminated bag with one-way valve at a Safeway supermarket in northern California; 96 cents per dry ounce. By manipulating temperature and airflow (what Peet's roast master John Weaver calls "the Peet's 'special sauce'"), Peet's achieves its trade-marked "deep roast," a pungent, cling-to-the-palate roast character that remains virtually unique despite many imitators. Major Dickason's is a blend created by retired Peet's founder Alfred Peet that continues one of the company's most popular offerings. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Not the perfect example of the powerful Peet?s profile, but this pre-ground version should come as a pungent, robust revelation to supermarket shoppers whose only experience of dark-roasted coffees may have been various supermarket "French roasts" that typically range from the feeble to the burned.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2007 tasting report: Starting with Cans: Mainstream Supermarket Coffees