Sumatra Mandheling Grade 1 DP
Grown on the volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser in the Balak region of west-central Sumatra, Indonesia from the typica and caturra varietals, this coffee has the best growing conditions you can find: volcanic loamy soil and high altitude- both elements arabica coffee favors. Of all the Sumatran coffees we have sampled and offered, this happens to be our favorite.
As with most Sumatran coffees, this offering has been processed in the tradition Sumatran Giling Basah method. This method imparts very a earthy tone to the coffee and low acidity, it does this because unlike most coffees which have the parchment removed when the moisture content of the drying beans are around 10-12%, the Sumatran method processes the parchment beans at 50% moisture content. As such the method can result in the softer beans being partially crushed, resulting in what is called a “goat’s foot”. Another byproduct of this method is the unique color of the unprocessed beans- a distinct blue-green hue.
Our offering has notes of dark cocoa, sweet tobacco, and a myriad of earthy tones: dark and peaty but not at all smokey- it is like taking a step into an old growth forest and drinking in the sensory landscape. This is a rustic coffee that can hold up to, even surpass, the brighter varietals with its simple complexities that keep you coming back, sip after sip.
Photo credit attribution Rainforest Action Network , Flickr 2018