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Median Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:43 PM
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Latte Drinking Liberals Only! What Is The Best Indonesian (Sumatra) Coffee?
Edited on Fri Feb-27-09 11:48 PM by Median Democrat
Long ago I used to enjoy Starbucks sumatra, but the quality has long since become highly variable with Starbucks pushing these mystery blends with who knows what coffee beans in them. I am partial to Peet's, but I've heard good things about Stumptown coffee, which is based in Portland. Also, is Counter Culture more than just a cool name, or does it have good beans? What is the best Indonesian origin coffee out there?
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:46 PM
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1. Target has a very nice one under their store brand, Archer Farms.
It's not always available but when you can get it it's very good.

World Market also has a nice one at an excellent price--about $9 for 24 oz. It's about all I ever drink.

Both of these are much better than Charbucks.
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Median Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:49 PM
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2. Archer is ranked #6 in Consumer Reports Current Issue
...and pretty solid for Columbian. But I'm looking for the stuff with a bit more kick.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:55 PM
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5. Columbian? There is an Archer Farms Sumatra. n/t
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Median Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:57 PM
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6. Hmm, I Have To Check My Target Then
The March issue of Consumer Reports just focuses on Columbian. I'll give it a try, as well as Stumptown based on the review below.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:58 PM
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7. It's not always there, but very nice when ou can get it.
They also have a nice Yirgacheffe. Love that one.
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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:52 PM
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3. I can vouch for Sumptown coffee
It's one of the best I've ever had. Very dark, bold, complex flavors. Freshly roasted - when you order it, they roast it. Downside it it's not vacuum-packed but don't worry, it's so good it will go fast. It's a little pricey, especially when you add in shipping fees (which are actually quite moderate). I haven't had their Sumatra but have had several of their blends, and all are good.
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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-27-09 11:52 PM
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4. I go to Whole Foods (the "food boutique" or "whole paycheck") for ONE reason
360 brand Pacific Rim Organic coffee. 10 bucks for a huge bag.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 12:01 AM
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8. Trader Joe's had a great Sumatran that I haven't seen...
lately, but it was pretty much my favorite coffee of all time.

(I do hope they get it back)

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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 12:06 AM
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9. How does Sumatran coffee taste? I've never had it.
I've been buying San Francisco Bay French Roast beans at CostCo and grinding them as needed.

I tend to like stronger full-bodied coffees. For a while, I was drinking a lot of expresso as well.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 12:49 AM
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10. How about Civet coffee?
I'm an expat living in Indonesia and I think one of the the nicest tasting coffees I've had here is Luwar coffee, it also has an interesting tale behind it (pun intended).

Civet coffee, aka kopi luwak

Estimated price per pound: $110 and up

This rare coffee has the dubious distinction of being consumed before the customer has even taken a sip. The palm civet, a cat-like animal also called a luwak, ingests fresh coffee cherries but doesn't digest the beans inside. After the beans pass through the civet's digestive system, workers collect them and wash them in spring water. Supposedly, the civet's digestive enzymes make the beans less acidic, improving the coffee's flavor.

Peter Longo, owner of New York City's Porto Rico Importing Co., is drawn to all things exotic and novel, so when he first heard about civet coffee, he knew it would be perfect for his store: "It was right up my alley - such an odd and unique thing." Over the past six months, he's sold about 12 pounds of civet coffee, mostly in small quantities. He charges $50 for one-eighth of a pound, $90 for a quarter-pound, and $175 for a half-pound; each order is custom-roasted.

Civet coffee may sound bizarre, but it's not just for the adventurous. "It's actually mild and smooth, with a piquant aftertaste," Longo says. "It's very good, as long as you don't let your imagination get the better of you."



It costs five bucks a cup even here, so it's not something I drink very often.

I really like Bali Kopi and Java Gold, too.

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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 09:39 AM
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11. World Market has a good one too. I bought some for my French Press and
really liked it.

Target house coffees are good.

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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-09 10:15 AM
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12. My Favorite is from Mayorga, a local roaster that ships nationally
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