Organic Sumatra Fair-Trade, Medium Dark Roast
|Roaster Location:||Pasadena, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Review Date:||January 2008|
Intense, roundly balanced aroma with mildly pungent roast character and orange, nut and cedary chocolate notes. In the cup low in acidity, medium in body and agreeable but rather simple aromatically: bittersweet, woody, with only a hint of cedary, perhaps earthy, chocolate. Not a long finish, but sweet and rich.
This coffee is certified organically grown and also Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. At Trader Joe's in Northern California, $6.99 per 14-ounce fiberboard can whole-bean, or $0.50 per ounce. Trader Joe's is an innovative discount gourmet chain currently with stores in at least twenty states but no mail order. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Balanced and accessible with little of the earthy, pungent character associated with Sumatras. A Sumatra-lite with excellent social and environmental credentials.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2008 tasting report: Big Bags from the Big Boxes: Value All-Arabicas from the Discount Chains