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Savor the Zesty Sumatra Coffee in your K-cup!

Sometimes a cup of mellow Colombian coffee just does not have what it takes to get you going in the morning. You need a really bold, robust cup of java to pop those eyelids open and give you a big boost. Several cups of strong but delicious coffee can soon have you looking at your new day with more relish and alertness. A morning that starts with a hot mug of Sumatra coffee can hold the answer for you. Consistently full-bodied, with a heady aroma, there are several different brands of K-Cups of Sumatra coffee to use in your Keurig Brewer. Each cup is full of bold flavor and tangy sweetness: try them all and discover your favorite brand.

  • Sumatra Reserve Extra Bold from Green Mountain
  • Caribou Sumatra
  • Sumatra Dark Extra Bold From Gloria Jean
  • Timothy’s Sumatra Bold
  • Diedrich Sumatra

Sumatra coffee is very aromatic and makes a wonderfully satisfying cup – anytime of the day or night.Full of legends and mystery, the history of this coffee is as complex and interesting as a cup of the delicious, hot brew. The Dutch planted the first coffee plants in the early 19th Century in Sumatra, one of the thousands of tiny islands of Indonesia. These beans are known for producing a coffee that has a unique taste with a variety of subtle flavors. Sumatra Mandheling and Sumatra Lintong coffee beans are grown in the mountainous highlands region. Coffee from the Sumatra Gayo Mountain area or Aceh region are grown in the shade and without any chemicals. Green Sumatra coffee beans are easily identified by their asymmetrical shape and deep aquamarine color.

The brew’s unique flavor is attributed to the manner in which the beans were processed. After the coffee cherries are picked, the farmers remove the skins, using rickety but picturesque machines made from scrap metal, wood, and bicycle parts. Next, the beans are allowed to ferment overnight; then they are washed by hand and dried in the farmer’s yard before going to a middleman’s warehouse. Here, they undergo more drying. Finally, the beans are loaded on trucks and taken to the coffee exporter at the seaport of Medan, where there is additional drying time. Exposing the beans to the pulp of the harvested fruit for extended periods of time produces the deeper tones in your cup of Extra Bold Sumatra Reserve.

Many Sumatran beans, grown by farmers in small cooperatives, are Certified Fair Trade Coffee. This means that a more equitable price is paid by the importers and the farmers receive a fair portion of the coffee sales. So while you’re enjoying a robust cup of Sumatra Extra Bold, your purchase is aiding a partnership with the farmers of Sumatra to bring you the finest, hand picked, organic Arabica coffee beans.

Most of the Aceh beans that you are likely to encounter in US coffee shops and sales, come from a large mill, which uses a meticulous wet method of processing. It meets international standards and is certified organic by a Dutch agency. The Gayo Mountain Washed beans produce a brew that is similar in flavor to that of the Lintong/Mandheling.

This mill also processes beans using a semi-dry method in which the outer skin of the coffee cherry is removed, leaving the beans covered with a sticky material. Next, they are sundried. These beans, marketed as Gayo Mountain Unwashed, produce an excellent, full-bodied coffee, after roasting.  Many coffee enthusiasts view Sumatra as one of the world’s finest, with its beans ideal for darker roasting. Don’t overlook this excellent coffee when purchasing Keurig K Cups, ground or whole beans.


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