Starbucks Reserve Roastery
|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Aceh Province, northwestern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||$14.50/8.8 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2016|
Blind Assessment: Roundly roast-toned but nuanced. Scorched oak, dark chocolate, apricot, soft hints of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded, gently tart acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. Chocolate, apricot and flowers carry faintly into a briskly drying finish.
Notes: Aceh is a distinguished Sumatra growing region in the hills surrounding Lake Tawar in northwestern Sumatra. Produced by small-holding farmers and apparently processed by the characteristic Sumatra wet-hulled method. This is a limited edition coffee, one of an array of select small-lot coffees that together demonstrate the entry of Starbucks into the new, highest-end specialty coffee arena. It was roasted on a largish batch-roaster located on the lower level of the Seattle Reserve Roastery and packaged using state-of-the-art packaging equipment. For further information visit http://roastery.starbucks.com.
The Bottom Line: A sweetly crisp roast-dominated profile complicated by a quiet under layering of fruit and chocolate.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2016 tasting report: When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)