Sumatra Mandheling Grade 1

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Royal Coffee

A classic Indonesian coffee with tons of syrupy body and complex, spicy flavor. Superb as all on its own and a fantastic addition to any West Coast style espresso blend, it's got a smokey bite and...
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A classic Indonesian coffee with tons of syrupy body and complex, spicy flavor. Superb as all on its own and a fantastic addition to any West Coast style espresso blend, it's got a smokey bite and notes of baker's chocolate, peat moss, cedar and a hint of black pepper.

Arrival Date: January 12th, 2022

Acidity & Brightness: Low acidity with a smokey bite

Balance & Finish: Complex with a lingering finish

Body & Texture: Big, rich body and syrupy texture

Flavors: Cocoa, peat moss, black cherry and a hint of black pepper

Grade: Grade 1

Processing: Wet-hulled (semi-washed)

Grower: Smallholder farmers across Northern Sumatra & Aceh

Region: Northern Sumatra and Aceh Provinces, Sumatra, Indonesia

Varietals: Local typica and catimor cultivars

Roasting: Start with a Full City Plus (Medium Dark), or just into the second crack. If you can't hear the cracks, then roast until the beans are smooth and medium dark brown with just the first hint of sheen as the oil emerges. This coffee roasts unevenly, and will appear light for it's degree of roast. Like most Indonesian coffees, this bean handles heat well and you can take it as dark as Vienna with great results. 

Reminder: This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing

Review: You can't talk about Indonesian coffee without mentioning Sumatra Mandheling. Sumatran coffee has become a staple in the Specialty Coffee Industry and with good reason. The distinctive flavors that have brought Indonesian coffee to popularity can be attributed to several things, but 2 hugely important factors rise to the top. First is the character of the rich volcanic soil in the "Ring of Fire" region of the Pacific. Having active volcanoes may not be conducive to avoiding natural disasters, but it's a surefire way to ensure perfect soil for coffee growing. Second, is the wet-hulled processing method unique to this region. This semi-washed method allows the coffee cherry to dry partially while it's still on the bean for a day or so before it is finally washed off and dried again. This method results in a low-acid, earthy, heavy bodied bean with lots of complexity. It also leaves the beans with a deep green-blue color, which is an easy way to distinguish most Indonesian beans.

Grade 1 represents the highest grade of coffee from the Mandheling region. While wet-hulled coffee is notoriously uneven to roast, this coffee is surprisingly consistent due to its stringent screening standards. It's got a rich, syrupy body and texture with a smokey bite and low acidity. The flavor profile is complex and distinctive with big notes of baker's chocolate, peat moss and just a hint of spicy black pepper and cedar. This coffee stands very well on it's own but it's also one our favorite coffees to blend into West Coast or Hybrid espresso blends for smokey bite and body. 

Returns Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.

Home Coffee Roasters

The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.

Other Items

Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.


We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.

If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.