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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  • 1/3/17
  • Tigerdog
  • drinking Peet's since 1992
  • Del Mar, CA

I've been enjoying Peet's coffees since before the millennium. Of all the coffees Peet's roasts, Ethiopian Super Natural is my personal favorite. The notes of blueberry and dark cherry, balanced acidity and aroma are unmatched.

I like it enough that I buy several pounds, divide them and store them in vacuum/freezer bags. I'll haul out a 1/3 pound on my birthday, for New Years and when special visitors come calling.

The best. Period. Tigerdog sez: drink this!

  • 5/13/16
  • Vincent Dagnese
  • drinking Peet's since 2015
  • , a Peet's Employee
  • Call Center
  • Emeryville
  • Emeryville, CA

My favorite coffee - there is no comparison.

The cup crafted by the hand of Zues himself, this Ethiopian powerhouse provides only the most brilliant essence of lush blueberry and juicy delight. One might find themselves transported to the gardens of Eden whilst sipping this magical brew.

Thank you, Peet's.

  • 4/3/16
  • Dawn Renee Skaien
  • drinking Peet's since n/a

I discovered a similar varietal close to twenty years ago, and it proved to be extremely difficult to find. That did not stop my yearning for this amazing coffee. When I happened upon Peet's Ethiopian Super Natural, I was so excited to find it that I may have even shed a few tears. Absolutely the most amazing coffee ever roasted. Next year I am buying as much as I can. This is truly a case of absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  • 2/26/16
  • Lisa-Renee
  • drinking Peet's since n/a

I found the elusive beans this morning. Happy Friday hee hee!

  • 2/7/16
  • Monica
  • drinking Peet's since n/a

Peet's please roast more next round! This is one of my all time favorite coffees, unbelievable smooth finish with the blueberry undertones. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to drink this. I will have this on my top list and buy many more bags next time.

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