Sumatra Lintong Tano Batak
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This is one of the high-end fancy Sumatrans which used to be very uncommon but in recent years are becoming more accessible and finding a bigger market. This lot is of highest quality and was sorted three times (Triple Picked Sumatrans are generally less earthy) and it is specifically grown in the northern part of the island around Lake Toba. It's a relationship coffee -- the importer personally works with the farmers who process it in small batches following specific instructions and then are highly rewarded for their harvest.
This is a traditional Indonesian in the fact that it is a wet-hulled coffee. But surprisingly, you can also keep it lighter. This is the fruitiest and most complex, sweetest wet-hulled coffee I've ever come across in medium roasts. I personally take it just barely into 2nd cracks. A few snaps. This is where I find the nicest balance of body and flavor and acidity and sweetness. There's some grapefruit and cherry, raspberry, cherry tobacco. To be honest, I sampled it because I was curious, but had no interest in buying a Sumatra that was this expensive. But when we sampled it, I understood why it cost so much.
But because it is Sumatra coffee, you have to try roasting it dark as well. Dont overdo it -- maybe about 20 seconds into the 2nd cracks. Smoky, red berries, tobacco, clean, full bodied, beautiful aroma, warms you up, satisfies. Really really nice Sumatra dark roast.
Sumatra coffee is inherently one of the easiest to roast and out of 6 very different roasting profiles I tested with it, all 6 were completely enjoyable in their own way. You're not likely to mess up this roast. It is very forgiving and has so much body that you get a decent mug no matter what you do to it. If you want more fruit, keep it to more of a medium roast. If you want a sweet flavorful dark roast, let it go dark. This is a Sumatra bean that is showing off.
US Arrival: December 2017
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