The following is a Starbucks Sumatra K Cup review that covers a number of aspects of this highly coveted coffee blend. In order to fully appreciate the value of the Sumatra K Cup, we need to start at its foundation: the coffee beans and where they are harvested.
As the seasons change and brisk and damp days replace the summer sun, it's all too common for our thoughts to drift naturally towards an island paradise retreat. For serious adventurers, few islands ignite the imagination and stir the senses quite like Sumatra. Located just west of Java, the terrain, weather, and wildlife of this expansive island are continual headline grabbers. Volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and eruptions hiss, smolder, burst, and rumble as lakes lazily lap over edges of crags and craters. Nearby lush forests provide the shelter and salvation necessary for local wildlife to thrive far from the Western world. Rhinos, elephants, tigers, and orangutans frolic and prey away from modern threats of trophy hunting and politically fueled racial tensions. And nestled within that dreamland are some of the best quality coffee beans in the world which provide a rich, dark escape from our stressful lives on the other end of the planet. And thanks to Starbucks Sumatra K cups® , our taste buds can propel us to that island paradise right from the comfort of our homes without having to waste half a pot in the process.
Why Coffee Beans from Sumatra?
Starbucks is the coffeehouse industry leader for several reasons. Like all of their blends, Starbucks Sumatra K cups® come with their own unique history, a history that is inextricably tied to its flavor. Indonesia is the third largest coffee producer on the planet, and Sumatra ranks as the sixth largest charted island in the world. This amazing island is split down the center across the equator, causing dual climatic zones.
The unusual landscape of this remote island is caused by centuries of some of the most tumultuous volcanic activity on the planet. Proving the Earth is a miraculous healer when given the time and opportunity to do so, the catastrophes resulted in creating the current geological gem known for its agricultural wealth. An actual Earthly paradise, Sumatra's soil is rich enough to grow spices, yield the ripest fruits, and discover thriving fields of rice, cocoa, tea, and of course coffee year round… and right in peoples' backyards.
And, boy, do Sumatrans know their coffee. The majority of the processing is done right on the island. Hand picking and pulping the cherries can easily be performed by any resident of the household or workers of small farms. The beans are then often dried in the sun right on private porches or patios before the local farmers deliver their harvest to mills for further roasting and distributing. Such natural practices lead to a higher standard of sustainability and the best quality coffee available–whether it's in the form of Starbucks Sumatra whole beans, grounds, or K cups® .
What Makes Starbucks Sumatra K cups® So Special?
Any Starbucks Sumatra K Cup Review would be remiss if it didn't mention the harvesting and roasting process involved in making this uniquely balanced cup of coffee. Starbucks invests in thousands of pounds of coffee sourced directly from private fields and family farms right in Sumatra, so they feel responsible for the success of the crops and the workers involved in their creation. While they're not Starbucks property, the company does work diligently with farmers and crop owners to ensure the quality is always top notch. Bags are shipped to a special warehouse to age three to five years. During that time, the beans develop a delicious spicy note known specifically to Sumatra beans.
When the beans are fully aged and ready for roasting, lots of up to 40,000 pounds may be combined for a unique flavor explosion. The result is a smooth, full-bodied blend, lingering with the unusual flavors of fresh earth and ground spices. Since Sumatra beans are brown from aging as opposed to green before roasting, the acidity levels of the final product are minimal compared to other coffee blends. Starbucks Sumatra K cups® allow you to enjoy this magical process in a single serving coffee pod without having to leave the house or wait in line for the privilege. How's that for dirt to door service?
The Starbucks Sumatra K Cup Review
Starbucks Sumatra K cups® have distinctly rich, earthy, woody flavors with lingering nutty undertones. Its impeccably balanced flavor has actually caused many non-dark roast drinkers to have a change in heart. Yes, it's still a dark roast that comes with all the expected big, bold and captivating flavor. However, it doesn't have the overly bitter aftertaste that's typical of a standard dark roast and makes for a very smooth and refined cup of coffee. For me, the drinking experience was awakening and soothing all at the same time, which incidentally are the effects I look for in a coffee drinking experience. The rich history and environment of Sumatra translates into an equally rich flavor of coffee for coffee lovers around the world.
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