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Ethiopian Super Natural

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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  • 2/15/17
  • Cheryl
  • drinking Peet's since 1966
  • Galena, MD

This is a delicious, smooth cup. No bitterness. Deserves the name Super.

  • 2/5/17
  • Mark Jager
  • drinking Peet's since 2012
  • Vancouver, WA

I discovered this coffee last year (2016) and fell in love with the strong blueberry flavor and extremely smooth taste, but this year's batch (2017) has been extremely disappointing.
The first bag I bought this year had no blueberry notes and was an extremely bitter dark roast. I ordered a bag through the website to see if a later roast was better, it was a slight improvement but still did not compare to what it was last year. I've spoken with Peets employees but they say there isn't anything different with this year's roast and it must be just me. There is no denying this supernatural is not super at all this year. It is a fine coffee, but it is not worthy of the Ethiopian Supernatural name.

  • 2/3/17
  • Jeremy
  • Chicago, IL

This coffee smells absolutely wonderful, and it was fascinating to read the explanation behind the name "super natural." I wish I could get it to taste accordingly. I've tried varying just about every element in the brewing process that I have control over but I just can't seem to consistently get it right. I've ended up with cups that have tasted wonderful a couple times. It definitely tastes very fresh, and I imagine that I eventually could figure it out. In the meantime I've gone through almost an entire bag and that's about the end of my patience.. and money spent on this roast.

  • 1/30/17
  • Mike N.
  • drinking Peet's since 07
  • MA, MA

By far the BEST Peets beans I have had to date. The blueberry, lemony effervescence is pronounced and distinct. Stephany at the call center shipped me out a pound and It's the bee's knees. Fiona (barista) and Elaine (district manager) at the Chestnut Hill, MA store brewed me a complimentary pour over of Ethiopian Super Natural and then Fiona gave me a complimentary half pound to take home. I love them. Fiona is the best and Elaine referred to this coffee as "Heaven in a cup" and she was spot on.

  • 1/28/17
  • Christian
  • drinking Peet's since 90's
  • Salinas, CA

Some dang good coffee

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