|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2007|
Blind Assessment: Attractive aroma: sweet, gently scorched cedar with a distinct hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Very roasty in the cup, but with patience the sweet burned notes round toward a vague, caramelly chocolate. Simple and sweet in the short finish, mildly astringent in the long.
Notes: Purchased pre-ground in a sealed 12-ounce foil-laminated bag with one-way valve at a Safeway supermarket in northern California; 92 cents per dry ounce. A rather low-key, subdued, probably over-roasted version of the traditional earthy/fruity Sumatra profile. Visit
Who Should Drink It : A subdued approximation of the great traditional Sumatra cup for hurried supermarket shoppers.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2007 tasting report: Starting with Cans: Mainstream Supermarket Coffees