Sumatra Mandheling

  • The coffees from this island in the Indonesian archipelago have a taste that can be found nowhere else in the world. Characteristically earthy with a big body and punchy aromatics, I can smell a good Sumatra from across the room - just like when someone opens a bottle of Lagavulin at the bar. This coffee was grown on the northern end of Sumatra, the sixth largest island in the world, by the Mandailing people. The unique taste comes from the coffee varieties cultivated, the volcanic soil in which they are rooted, and the peculiar processing method. The coffee is wet-hulled, which means the farmers remove the skins of the fruit and let the coffee drip-dry to a moisture content around 50% before selling to a miller to finish the process. Like it or hate it, this coffee is one-of-a-kind.
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