Sumatra Aceh Gold
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So now, the company owns an estate in Sumatra, and they do the exact same thing there. This is the exact same coffee as the Boru Batak (Iskandar) except that the Iskandar are one screensize bigger. The Aceh Gold didn't QUITE make the cut but is still sorted very well and are large beans. The resulting lot is what they’re branding Aceh Gold Sumatra, or Mutu Batak, a clean, complex, meticulously processed washed coffee. (Pronounced “Ah – Chay” it’s actually a region in the upper part of Sumatra. And “La Minita” means “little gold mine” so that’s how they came up with the Aceh Gold name.
So we roasted the Iskandar and Aceh Gold exactly the same way and then brewed the side by side. They are VERY similar coffees. The Iskandar has a toffee/butterscotch sweetness that is missing in the Aceh Gold. But for the price point, it's a steal of a deal.
If you look on the web at how other roasters are treating or recommending this coffee, it’s almost always a light-medium roast. I like it best almost heading into the 2nd cracks. You get all the great flavor and body of dark syrupy Sumatra, but none of the earthiness or smoke or burnt tastes. In a french press, I pick out definite notes of grapefruit and cedar beneath the rich body.
The lighter roasts? Well, I like that nice full body, but I would never guess it to be from Sumatra. The most fruity acidic Sumatra you've likely ever had, although paired with that thick mouthfeel, it's really nice. Grapefruit, creamy, sweet, no earthiness at all. Dark roasts? Definitely nice, but flattens out the acidity and you lose a lot of the flavors. Mostly just the cedar remains. Either way, this is a tough coffee to get our hands on because there's not enough of it to meet demand. Even though the Iskandar is rarer and nicer, the price point on this one has garnered it quite a reputation and demand is always high.
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