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Aged Sumatra

Item No. ASM-M

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Flavor Notes

Rich and ample-bodied. Dried fruit sweetness, tropical wood and herbal notes.
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About this coffee

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Coffee Story

It comes to us from the Indo Pacific, but Aged Sumatra is really a gift from the Dutch. The unique and complex flavor of this rich coffee owes its origin to long journeys across the trade routes, when the beans were transported with spices in wooden-hulled ships. Mr. Peet, also of Dutch origin, was instrumental in spreading the wealth of this "spice box of flavors" here.


He knew how hard it is to find really good aged coffees. Most exporters aren't willing to endure the lengthy aging process before selling their beans. And not all of those who do it start out with beans good enough to become aged coffee for Peet's customers. The aging process deepens flavors while also mellowing them, accentuating certain notes over others — but it doesn't add flavor to mediocre beans.


Even when you start with the right coffee, you also need the right climate. Aging has to take place in a tropical environment where the beans can absorb moisture during the monsoon season, and release some of it during the drier months, without ever being allowed to dry out completely. That's how the coffee develops its concentrated body and distinctly nuanced aroma.

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  • Christopher , drinking Peet's since 2013 12/2/14
  • New York, NY

I love this coffee. When I first brewed it in my office a coworker said to me "your coffee smells like the woods." Well, it tastes like the woods too and I mean that in the best possible way. Coffees from Sumatra are very distinct: earthy, herbally, chocolately, almost viscous feeling in your mouth. It is awesome to brew a regular coffee that almost tastes like there is stuff added to it to get such flavor.

  • Steve , drinking Peet's since 2008 7/30/14
  • San Francisco, CA

Delicious blend!

  • J.S. , drinking Peet's since 1988 5/29/13
  • Berkeley, CA

Sweet and Buttery, Baking Chocolate, and sweetly-soured stone fruit in aroma and cup. Mellow and Gentle Acidity; with a lightly syrupy, and lightly chalky body. The finish ends on sweet and fairly clean tones.

Score = 86.5

  • Sarah F , drinking Peet's since 2010 11/18/12
  • Dallas, TX

I just had my first cup of Aged Sumatra this morning. Wow! It's my new definition of "coffee nirvana". All the goodness of sumatra, but even better!

  • Jack Miller , drinking Peet's since 1972 6/17/12
  • Merrick, Ny

I have been drinking Peet's coffee since the early 70's and there is nothing else I can drink. When I travel I bring a ground lb of aged Sumatra and a melitta 2 cup After going thru all of Peet's coffee's ( they are all the best) I decided that my flavor is Aged Sumatra Some people like vanilla and some chocolate, get my thought? In the beginning I was hooked on Peet's Jamaica Blue Mountain, but the cost is out of my range Aged Sumatra coffee is "my cup of tea" and I am a Peetnick who looks forward for my monthly delivery There is no coffee out there that gives me that flavor like aged Sumatra I hope that it will always be there for me as it is my favorite thing to look forward to in the morning

  • Raptor725 6/11/12

This strictly speaking qualifies more as a Monsoon dried style coffee than an "aged" one. "Aged" does not simply mean not immediately sold for export, but rather it refers to an aging process that occurs in the traditional method of being in the hulls of ships on their journey across the ocean, or is carefully monitered and aged like wine. Reference to the effects of the monsoon season is an entirely seperate style most commonly practiced in India. It is interesting that this coffee is marketed as an "aged" coffee when decent monsoon coffees are exotic and hard to come by.

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  • Brandon Remson , drinking Peet's since 2005 5/22/14
  • Hayward, CA

This bean is perfect for the connoisseur as its processing technique alone provides for an intriguing discussion. While the story and dedication behind Aged Sumatra is impressive, I’m largely besotted by the savory spice notes, reminiscent of a box of nuts from Grandpas house. Its herbal-like/ woodsy characteristics are truly one of kind and put this coffee into a league of its own.

  • Jay Woodruff , drinking Peet's since 2003 5/10/09
  • Barista
  • wellesley
  • Wellesley, MA

As a barista (2003-2008) working part-time at Peet's, the most intriguing coffee sampling was always a comparison of Sumatra and Aged Sumatra. Where Sumatra's aging is measured in months, Aged Sumatra is aged five, sometimes seven years before it reaches the peak of its development. Most coffees don't age over time - they just get old - but Sumatra, already imbued with a complex flavor profile, is one of the unique beans that does, and how! Like a fine young Bordeaux, aging Sumatra coffee brings out extraordinary complexities unmatched in any other coffee. It's earthy, weighty, slightly dry in the finish, offering a tasting experience that any deeply involved coffee lover will long recall.

  • Sarah Willis 4/30/06
  • Barista
  • Sacramento, Elk Grove, Central Valley, Sacramento,
  • Sacramento, CA

Aged Sumatra is a delicious single origin coffee. It is smooth, but complex. It is full-bodied, yet mild enough to drink black. Aged Sumatra is perfect for those who love a good, dark, earthy coffee in the morning or anytime. This wonderful coffee never ceases to make me fall in love with it again and again.

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