Ethiopian Super Natural

Price: $19.95  per lb.

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A captivating cup from the birthplace of coffee
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Flavor Notes:
Unique, heady aroma; sweet & pungent fruitiness reminiscent of wild blueberry
About this coffee

Coffee story

Roast: Dark Roast
Process: Natural
Growing Region: Single Origin, Guji Region, Ethiopia
Variety: Heirloom
Farmer: Smallholder farmers in Hambela and Shakiso
Altitude: 1750 – 2300 meters
Notes: Organic certified

Everything you need to know about Ethiopian Super Natural is in the name. Well, almost. Clearly it is from Ethiopia, but specifically it is from the south of Ethiopia, the most storied region for what? Washed coffees. That’s right—lemony, pure and incredibly perfumed washed coffees. That’s why what Abdullah Bagersh did was so innovative.

More than a decade ago, he came up with the idea to take the best, most carefully selected, purely ripe fruit from the highest elevations in the region, and instead of removing the skin and pulp at the washing station—making a washed coffee—to painstakingly dry it whole, spreading the cherries on tables in the sun. This takes exquisite care, because cherries have to be spread to a single layer, and covered every day at 11:00, when the sun is at its hottest, and uncovered at 2:00, and all the while culled for individual fruits that spoil before they can dry.

It’s risky, and takes two weeks, and you never know how it will come out, which is one of the reasons washing was invented. Natural processing is by far the older method, but it can be dreadfully inconsistent—as in dreadful tasting—and is traditionally done with the range of fruit, from cherries that desiccate on the tree, to those that fall on the ground, to those that are picked green, and taste that way.

This year, we selected coffee that is certified organic –grown under strict guidelines for protecting people and planet, using only natural fertilizers in the most traditional farming methods. Apropos in the birthplace of coffee.

So what’s super about this coffee is the care, the selectivity. What’s supernatural is the taste, because when it works, and the bright, citric, bouquet of flowers and the brilliance of ripe fruit meet the intense, wine-like expression of sugars sun-drying, there’s nothing like it in this world.

Peet's Coffee Buying Team

Doug, Phil, Sean, Emily

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  • 1/9/17
  • Eric
  • drinking Peet's since 2010
  • San Jose, CA

A nice coffee and would deserve 4 stars if it were not called Ethiopian Supernatural. This has none of the characteristics I have come to expect from previous years releases. No blueberry notes or sweetness, none of the oily finish on the beans. The beans are so dry it turns to powder very quickly when grinding. I think the 2012 release was a 10, the 2106 about an 8, this one a 2 compared to other ESN releases. So sad, I wait all year anticipating this coffee and usually buy several pillow packs. Not this year.

  • 1/8/17
  • Tammy
  • drinking Peet's since 2009
  • Sacramento , CA

Love this coffee! It is one of my all time favorites!! Petes Coffee is just awesome coffee no matter the flavor. Great flavor without the bitterness. Keep up the good work!

  • 1/5/17
  • Cornelio Sanchez
  • drinking Peet's since 2015
  • Lake Forest, CA

This is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE coffee. I've tried more expensive coffees from all over the world, and this blows them out of the water. The blueberry aroma is incredible, and the flavor is delightful. Enjoy!

  • 1/5/17
  • Barry Eisenberg
  • drinking Peet's since Mid 6
  • Fredericksburg, TX

Went to university in Berkeley in the middle to late 60s, so been drinking Peets, among many other excellent American roasters, for decades. Ethiopian Super Natural is to my tastes the best of any coffee offered by such roasters, and the best other Ethiopian, Yemeni, Tanzanian, Celebes or Sulawesi, Sumatran, Jamaican, and Costa Rican beans roasted and commercially offered by all and sundry are distant, distant seconds.

  • 1/5/17
  • Valerie
  • Salinas, CA

Lovely, rich, smooth flavor in my morning cup of coffee. Thank you!

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