Paradise Roasters

Sumatra Volkopi Peaberry

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 51/72

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply pungent yet sweet, balanced. Salt taffy, walnut, fresh-cut fir, chocolate, with slight hints of flowers and citrus in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently acidity; richly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, crisply drying finish.


Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired for their complex earth, fruit and aromatic wood notes that result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices collectively called wet hulling. This is a particularly refined version of the style. This sample consists entirely of peaberries (“PB”), a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An attractive balance of drying, slightly savory pungency and chocolaty sweetness in this original variation on the Sumatra cup.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2013 tasting report: Better and Better: Sumatras 2013

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