These beans come from what would normally be considered Mandheling territory, but it's not grown by Mandehling people, so it's referred to as Kerinci Valley, which is an extremely fertile growing area with a population of around 300,000 people. The Kerinci Valley is known as the "rice bowl" of Sumatra because of all the crops grown there feed some seven million people. This coffee grows near the Kerinci Seblat National Park and the proceeds go towards preserving the park.
Roast this one like you would a normal Sumatra Mandheling. It's wet-hulled (semi-washed) just like classic Mandheling beans. It has less earthiness, more complexity, but there are no surprises here. Roast it dark, well into 2nd cracks, and enjoy the smoky tobacco, cedar, spice notes, long finish. Naturally low acid. The beans are better sorted and nicer looking than most Mandhelings. This is the also have the honey processed version from this estate, which is always fun to compare the effects that processing makes on a coffee bean.
This crop arrived in the US in August 2017.
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