Finally Figured out How to Drink Sumatra

I’ve had some green Sumatra in the place for a few months now.  Have roasted a little bit here and there.  Prior to getting Sumatra the only other time I remember having it is at a Starbucks in San Francisco two years ago.  It was a Starbucks Reserve and it was made with their clover machine.  Not bad but wasn’t blown away.

Fast forward almost two years and here I am trying it as an espresso shot.  Not impressed.  Not impressed at all.  I’m not sure what it was about it but I really did not enjoy it.  I then tried it as pour-over the next day.  Also hated it.

At this point, one could say that the problem was the roasting profile.  Maybe.  I can’t rule it out.  Fast forward the remaining 2-3 months to present day and I have a day trip scheduled to some villas.  Have to bring my own coffee.  I know they have a french press there so I decided to roast a little Sumatra and bring it with.  I did bring whole bean and my trust Hario hand grinder with.

I have to say I was thoroughly taken aback at how much flavor came out of the beans.  I was really happy with it.  To make sure it wasn’t a fluke I did it again the next day at my house.  Still a great cup of coffee!

It’s also the first time in a few years that my french press has been used for something other than cold brew.