Sumatra Takengon Organic Fair Trade
This is a classic example of great Sumatran coffee. It's got a rich, syrupy body, low acidity a complex profile of baker's chocolate, pipe tobacco, spice and vanilla. Perfect for milk and sugar since those bold flavors will cut right through!
Arrival Date: September 9th, 2016
Acidity & Brightness: Low acidity, warm and spicy
Balance & Finish: Complex and lingering finish
Body & Texture: Syrupy body with a creamy texture
Flavors: Baker's chocolate, pipe tobacco, spice and a hint vanilla
Grade: Hard and Dense
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade
Processing: Wet-hulled (semi-washed), hand-picked, sun dried
Varietals: Catimor and S-795
Roasting: We like this Sumatra in the Medium-Dark to Dark range (Full City+ to Vienna). Roast until you start hearing a barely rolling second crack (rapid succession of cracks). This brings out the syrupy body and spiciness that makes it so distinctive.
Recommendation: For folks who love a big, syrupy coffee with complex flavors. We like to use this coffee in some of our espresso blends when we're trying to add smokey flavors and big body. This coffee is great for folks who like to add milk and sugar because the flavors will cut right through!
Reminder! This Coffee is Raw, you must roast it before brewing.
Our Review: In the moutains west of Lake Tawar in Aceh, Sumatra, you'll find the Koperasi Kopi Gayo Organic Cooperative (KKGO). The KKGO coop is a wonderful example of what coffee producers who work together can bring to market and we've yet to be disappointed with any coffees from them. As with most coffees from KKGO, this one is processed in the traditional Sumatran way: wet-hulled. Wet-hulling is a hybrid, semi-washed processing method where the coffee is left with the cherry still on to allow it to partially dry with 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, which is why these traits are synonymous with Sumatran coffee!
This particular lot is exactly what we'd expect from this region and processing. It's syrupy and smokey with low acidity and a complex blend of flavors. We noted baker's chocolate, pipe tobacco, spice and a hint of sweet vanilla. Warm, flavorful and rich, what's not to love?