Ethiopian Super Natural

Price: $19.95  per lb.

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A captivating cup from the birthplace of coffee
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Unique, heady aroma; sweet & pungent fruitiness reminiscent of wild blueberry
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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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  • 2/16/14
  • Vicki Walsworth
  • drinking Peet's since 2007
  • Livermore, CA

The best pot of coffee I have ever made! Worth every penny.

  • 2/15/14
  • Andy
  • drinking Peet's since 2004
  • Pittsburgh, PA

This coffee truly is excellent, and the blueberry notes are resounding. I've had other Ethiopian Harrar coffee, and this one is the best I've had. Using a French press, as soon as the hot water hits the grinds, the smell of blueberry juice hits the nose. It's a really, really good coffee.

  • 2/12/14
  • Joe
  • drinking Peet's since 2008
  • Indianapolis, IN

This is by far one of my favorite coffees of all time from any roaster, large or small. A bright clean coffee with a rich chocolate cherry finish. Perfect in a French Press, pour-over, and even my big 12-cup auto drip.

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