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Sumatra—Tano Batak / G1 Lintong

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Tasting notes
Pineapple, lime, fresh tobacco, nice intensity
Cupping Scorecard
86.25 / 100
General roasting guidelines
Good for Espresso
Yes
Region Details
Lintong
Farm
Several small farms
Farmer
N/A
Process
Wet hulled
Harvest Season / Year
2017
Altitude
1,500m
Cultivars
Arabe, Bergendal, Jember, Typica
Certifications
N/A
Grade
G1 / Screen Size 17+
Description

This coffee is from the Lintong area of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, just southeast of lake Toba (Danau Toba), which is a huge lake toward the north end of Sumatra. This deep lake boasts a depth of more than 500m, formed as the result of a massive collapse/depression from a supervolcano, called a caldera (cauldron). This area, sitting on a high plateau, has some of the highest growing altitudes in North Sumatra.

This special lot of coffee is hand curated by a group of six collectors that seek out and purchase coffee directly from small farmers and in weekly village markets. These collectors then "wet hull" the coffee at 28-32% moisture.

This unique and traditional post-harvest processing of coffee beans in Sumatra is called, Giling Basah. Instead of the typical drying of coffee to 10-12% moisture in the parchment before milling, this process removes the bean from its external layer at a much higher moisture content — hence, hulled while still "wet." This process has a dramatic effect on flavor profile and gives the beans their signature dark, blue-green color.

Once hulled, these beans are dried in green houses until they reach their 11-12% moisture content. From there, they are sent to our import partner in the port town of, Medan, where they are hand sorted. While this coffee here is denoted as "Tano Batak Lintong," a handful of microlots assembled by each collector all bear this name. As such, we do the final selecting from these microlots and are jazzed about this one here that stood out to us among a lineup of standouts.

Like the rest of the top-shelf lineup we evaluated, this coffee has a cleaner mouthful and brighter acidity than other Sumatra offerings. But the complex fruit and acidity of this selection really seemed to jump out of the cup. A vibrant and tart pineapple flavor are immediately present, but then the whole experience softens into richer tones of scented tobacco and earthiness. The coffee lingers and lingers on the tongue — clean and syrupy. We tasted this over the course of three days after roasting and seemed to enjoy something special and different each day.