Peet's Coffee & Tea
|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Review Date:||April 1997|
Blind Assessment: This ingratiating dark roast comes straight at us, forgoing drama and intrigue. Not much Sumatra-style resonance behind its first sweet-pungent impression, but balanced and pleasing.
Notes: An ingratiating dark roast which is smoothly pungent. Balanced and pleasing. This Sumatra is a Lintong, from a relatively small growing area within the larger designation of Mandheling.
Who Should Drink It : People who want to pretend they're sitting in the sun on a curb in North Berkeley outside the original Peet's store drinking unspeakably strong coffee while listening to people carry on about Nietzsche or how to cook goat cheese. Makes a first-rate West-Coast espresso: smoothly pungent.
This review originally appeared in the April, 1997 tasting report: The Dark-Roast Controversy