Coffee Tea Etc.
Organic Fair-Trade Sumatra French Roast
|Roaster Location:||Goshen, Connecticut|
|Coffee Origin:||Gayo growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2005|
Blind Assessment: Rich, low-key, smoky, with an agreeably mild musty ferment that reads in aroma and cup as raisins and semi-sweet chocolate. In the aroma complex, in the cup balanced but a bit simple; surprisingly clean, soft finish.
Notes: Grown in the highlands of the northern tip of Sumatra, a region well inland from the worst horrors of the earthquake-generated tsunami of December 2004, but still vulnerable to social disruption and possibly to as yet unknown damage from the earthquake itself. Certified organically grown and Fair-Traded, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a ?fair? or economically sustainable price. Coffee-Tea-Etc. is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster specializing in organic, environmentally responsible, and farmer-friendly coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the heartier style of dark-roast Sumatras.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2005 tasting report: Now More Than Ever: Traditional Coffees of Sumatra and Sulawesi