The Gayo micro-region is from the northern part of the island in Aceh and is much scarcer than the prevalent Mandheling. It still has the typical Indonesian qualities we love like smooth, full bodied, dark sweet cedar flavor with hints of tobacco and smoke. And a satisfying and lingering aftertaste that keeps you going back for another mug. It's not nearly as "earthy" or "foresty" as classic Sumatra. Instead, the aftertaste is of spices and black licorice.
It's quite a flavorful mug of coffee, and is particularly fun because of the molasses, brown sugar sweetness we don't often see in Sumatran coffees.
Sumatra Gayo Tasting Notes: Brown Sugar, Black Licorice, Cloves, Cedar, Low Acid, Slight Earthiness