||Sumatra Aceh Tengah Lingtong 2011
The growers who produce this coffee are located around the town of Aceh Tengah, close to Lake Laut Tawar in the centre of Aceh Province in the far north-west of Sumatra, and are part of an organic mill.
There are very few coffee estates, or even co-ops, in Sumatra. Instead, a huge number of tiny growers - farms rarely exceeding three hectares - sell small quantities of coffee at their local village market. These farmers - many of whom are women - bargain hard, and prices for semi-prepared coffee are very high compared to Latin American and African standards.
The local market system means that traditional notions of ‘traceability’ do not apply in Indonesia. This makes our choice of milling partner absolutely crucial. Our import partner for this coffee agreed to pay significantly more than any other buyer for first refusal on their pick of the crop coffees. This is the only way to guarantee quality from Indonesia on an ongoing basis.
The mill in Medan is clean, efficient, well-managed, and staffed by a legion of hand pickers. All of them receive at least the government minimum wage, with many earning more than this with performance related bonuses.
In the cup expect some big, bold, notes. A little bit of leather on the front end, mixed with earthy tobacco tones, and a HUGE body that carries on and on. Not for the faint of heart: this is a big old coffee.
Coffee: Aceh Tenga
Farm: Numerous organic certified small growers around Aceh Tengah
Altitude: 750 -1,500 metres above sea level
Owner: Numerous small growers
City: Aceh Tengah, Lake Toba
Region: Aceh Province
Country: North West Sumatra, Indonesia
Take this one 20-30 seconds or so into second crack with oils beginning to or already showing.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Leather, earthy, tobacco, heavy body.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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