This Sumatra reminds me of Bali coffee -- it has a chocolate creaminess with spice and is fairly clean tasting. This is a rainforest alliance certified co-op in Northern Sumatra.
Even though this is still a wet-hulled process in the traditional Indonesian style, the coffee is a lot more clean tasting and complex than the lots of Sumatra Mandheling that we usually carry. Part of this is because of how well they sorted it, and part of it is just from where it grew. With this Sumatra, you get just the slightest amount of earthiness, but a lot of complexity. There is a deep aroma, a syrupy sweet molaases taste, sambuca black licorice, slight black peppery spiciness, and dark chocolate. It's such a thick syrupy mouthfeel and then finishes clean, and that's part of what makes it so satisfying. I can’t imagine anyone not liking a mug of this.
You have to at least get it to the 2nd cracks to bring out the full potential of this coffee, but it really shines as a dark roast. We take it about 40 seconds into the 2nd cracks where it isn't yet bitter or burnt, but it's got some oils.
US Arrival July 2022