Spicy, smoky, and savory, with a chocolaty body and very low acidity. Great as a black coffee, or add cream and sugar for dessert in a cup. Dark roast. Net weight 12 oz. (340 g)
Sumatra Mandheling FTO
Origin Profile: Oceania
Region: Aceh, Sumatra
Grower: many small farmers
Cooperative: Megah Bersiri
Altitude: 1400-1500 meters above sea level
Varietal: Bourbon, Ateng, Tim-Tim
Processing: Giling Basah (wet-hulled)
Roast Profile: Full City+ (medium-dark)
Cupping Notes: Rich, deep, chocolatey, with woodsy-spicy notes and a hint of black pepper
Sumatran coffees are known for having mild acidity, aromas of earth, wood, and spice, and a great big, bouncy body. Much of their characteristic flavor comes from the unique Indonesian “wet hull” process called Giling Basah, in which the inner skin or “parchment” layer is removed from the green coffee bean while it is still wet, rather than after drying. This process can produce an exotic and enticing cup, but it can also lead to some “funky” or “off” flavors if not carefully controlled. This particular lot is an exceptionally good example of the classic Indonesian profile.
With the Giling Basah method, the grower will selectively pick the ripe cherry, which is then pulped and then left to ferment for one night in a bucket without water. It is then washed and dried, and the outer pulp is removed. The beans are left to dry with some or all the mucilage cling- ing to the parchment covering the seed.
The cooperative receives the coffee with a humidity of 40 to 50% and dries it on clean patios to 25 or 35% before it undergoes the hulling process. Friction removes all the parchment and gives the beans a unique bluish-green appearance. It is then dried again on the patio until reaching 11-14% moisture. This method has been used historically in Indonesia due to weather conditions, high humidity and constant rains. The process reduces acidity and increases body.
This coffee is from the Cooperative Megah Bersiri in the northern region of Aceh, Sumatra, which currently has around 450 members. Gayo and Javanese women work together under the shade coverings as they hand sort beans from the villiages near Takegon. Most of these women are widows from the Free Aceh conflict that only ended in 2005. Hopefully this aides in the healing of this troubled region that was also devastated by the Tsunami on the twenty sixth of December 2004, as Cooperative Megah Berseri provides not only an income but also company and hope.
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