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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  • 1/18/16
  • Adrienne
  • drinking Peet's since 2014
  • Vancouver, WA

This is the most insanely wonderful coffee I've ever had in my life!! The blueberry finish is simply sublime!! THANK YOU PEET'S for stealing me away from the Starbucks because they've got nothing on the marvelous roasts you offer!!!

Forever a fan!! Even if I have to move for a new job and order online for all eternity.


  • 2/22/15
  • Dawn Renee Skaien
  • drinking Peet's since 1996
  • Santa Barbara, CA

This is my absolute favorite coffee of all time! Press it and enjoy it with a blueberry scone or muffin, or maybe some chocolate covered blueberries...but don't mess it up and put all kinds of stuff into it. This is meant to be enjoyed in its pure state - absolutely glorious!

  • 2/18/15
  • Morgan
  • drinking Peet's since 2215
  • Los Angeles, CA

I brew this in a French Press and the aroma is startlingly similar to chocolate-covered blueberries from Trader Joe's. Outstanding coffee!

  • 2/17/15
  • Amber
  • drinking Peet's since 2015
  • Chicago, IL

If you truly want to enjoy the flavor of this bean try it in a Chemex. What an amazing taste - you truly taste the rich flavor.

I cannot wait to buy a bag of beans tomorrow.

  • 2/8/15
  • Claudia Marbury
  • drinking Peet's since 2009
  • Klamath Falls, OR

My favorite coffee of all time. I also love Ethiopian Fancy and Arabian Mocha Java, but the Ethiopian coffees are my favorites! I work for Fred Meyer in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and I would LOVE to see the Peet's kiosk there to be able to get some of the Ethiopian Super Natural. I have told them how great it is, but they don't seem to be able to get it. :(

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