Sumatra

Cultivated in small gardens and rustically hand processed, this Indo-Pacific coffee is a classic favorite.
$16.95 / lb.
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  • Flavor Notes
    Rustic and earthy, with a hefty body, complex sweetness and herbal nuances.
  • Flavor Category
    Herbal / Earthy
  • Roast Level
    Dark
  • Origin
    Indo-Pacific
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Sku ID #SUM-M
About this coffee

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Brewing Methods

  • Drip
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How It Tastes

Rustic and earthy, with a hefty body, complex sweetness and herbal nuances.

History

Sumatra, perhaps the quintessential Indonesian coffee, doesn't grow on estates or big farms. It comes from the backyards and garden plots of small landholders, who often have only a few trees. Yet, it's the elementary way they process beans by hand, using the semi-washed method, that could be the secret to this coffee's unconstrained flavor and hefty, syrup-like body. Cherries are pulped on the farm with a hand-cranked mill, and the seeds hand washed in a basket. Collectors purchase and hull the coffee while still moist and dark grayish-green, removing the parchment shells and allowing the beans to sun-dry only briefly before delivering them to the port of Medan. Along the way, they become fully dry in stages — acquiring their characteristic Sumatran earthiness and complexity. Because each lot might include the beans of 100 different farmers, great Sumatra relies on strong relationships and sharp tasting skills. We sample exhaustively for every lot we select, looking for the most exceptional body and sweet herbal nuances to coax out with our signature Peet's roast. The result is a gutsy, glorious coffee that brews a richly seductive cup.

Worth Noting

Because each lot might include the beans of 100 different farmers, great Sumatra relies on strong relationships and sharp tasting skills. We sample exhaustively for every lot we select, looking for the most exceptional body and sweet herbal nuances to coax out with our signature Peet's roast.
Perfecting the process

Coffee, 50 Years in the Making

We've learned a lot in 50 years. From tasting coffee three times before the beans even arrive at our roastery, to waking up at 4am to deep-roast each bean by hand, to personally testing every order before it ships —everything we do is committed to bringing you the freshest, fullest flavor in every cup.

Freshness Guarantee

  • Roasted to Order

    Once you place an order, we wake up at 4am to roast your beans in small batches

  • Sealed for Freshness

    Every bag is sealed immediately using our special packaging techniques.

  • Same day Shipping

    No sitting around and no warehousing, your coffee is shipped within 24 hours.

  • Delivered to Your Doorstep

    Check the roast date on your bag. (Spoiler alert: it's really fresh!)

Reviews (16)
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Gordon from Weldon, CA on 2/22/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2000.

When I can't find or run out of my favorite, Peet's Mocha Java, this is consistently a very satisfying back up--and it's usually available in grocery stores, where Mocha Java isn't.

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Stewart Gooderman from Albany, CA on 1/27/2018. Drinking Peet's since can't.

Peet's Coffee is what I yearn for, when I can get it, which, due to logistics and time of day, has not been often these days. So I got a single brewer and have been testing out their K cups. Sumatra was a major disappointment. It's an odd flavor and not impressive. Glad I only bought a box of 10.

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Pamela from BOERNE, TX on 1/15/2018. Drinking Peet's since I sto.

This run of Sumatra ... THUMBS DOWN. I love to open a fresh bag of beans from Peet's just for the aroma. This one smelled like chemicals! Bad. Taste wasn't any better. Switching over to the Gaia Organic Blend in my order.

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Skree from Fremont, CA on 7/8/2017. Drinking Peet's since can't.

Has some rough edges to it when compared to Arabian Mocha Java. I end up mixing this with either the AMJ or Reserve to smooth things out.

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Rich from NYC, NY on 5/7/2016. Drinking Peet's since 2012.

I keep experimenting with different Peets blends and this one keeps holding up vs. other excellent blends. This is for those who want a deep, rich cup of coffee. It always delivers. Excellent.