Lumberjack. Our flagship coffee. The coffee that started it all. Before we began roasting our own coffee I knew there was good coffee and gross coffee, but I didn’t know what that was. I heard words like light roast and dark roast and french roast, etc. But I didn’t know what that meant. Tired of hit or miss coffee purchasing, right before we started roasting, I was determined to at least find one coffee I liked, and identify it in some way. Enter Sumatra. Turns out one coffee I like is Sumatra. So I told Big E, he needed to buy some Sumatra beans and figure out how to roast them. That’s how we do things, I just throw out demands and Everette bends to all my wishes (insert maniacal laugh). But he did actually order some Sumatran beans. And we started experimenting. And we found Lumberjack.
And the Megan was happy.
We started drinking it, and bringing it with us to friends and family and people kept asking us if they could buy it. So we let them. And Big E Bearded Coffee was born.
But what is Sumatra coffee? Great question. A better question: WHERE is Sumatra? It’s a large island in Indonesia. Coffee grown there is harvested in a unique way that affects the flavor of the beans. Check out this amazing article to read all the fascinating details.
Next Question: Is Sumatran coffee a dark coffee?
Answer: No such thing. Coffee beans are just beans, well actually they are the pits of the coffee cherries. You can roast any bean however you want. But Sumatra is typically roasted into second crack (coffee nerd speak for dark roast), because that accentuates its “full-body” and low acidity–sorry I went full nerd there for a second. We tried doing a lighter roast, but I quickly put a stop to that. You don’t mess with my Lumberjack.
Lumberjack is great if you have a wide variety of coffee preferences in your house. It is great black or with cream, it makes excellent cold brew and will work in your espresso machine. Check it out.