Organic Sumatra Fair-Trade, Medium Dark Roast
|Roaster Location:||Pasadena, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Review Date:||January 2008|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2008 tasting report: Big Bags from the Big Boxes: Value All-Arabicas from the Discount Chains