||Sumatra Raja Batak Honey Process 2013
||Lake Toba, Sumatra
Raja Batak is a honey processed Arabica coffee produced in North Sumatra, west of Lake Toba at a height of 1000 – 1600 metres above sea level. The coffee is only available in limited quantities and until now has only been exported to specialty roasters in Japan and the United States. Its great that we no see it as a regular feature in europe.
Raja Batak means ‘King of Batak’. The Batak are a number of in-between related ethnic groups in Northern Sumatra with a language of their own. The most common known group within the Batak are the Toba Batak. The Batak most probably left the Philippines and Borneo for the highlands of North Sumatra approximately three to four thousand years ago. According to Toba legend, Si Raja Batak, the mythical ancestor of all Batak, came down on the Central Mountain west of Lake Toba a long long time ago and decided to settle there due to the beauty of the area. According to scientists Lake Toba arose more than 70 thousand years ago as a result of a mega volcanic eruption which clouded the earth for many years. The lake itself measures 100 kms in length, 31 kms in width and has a depth of more than 450 metres. The area is most suitable for the production of a high quality of coffee due to its height, climate, and soil fertility.
This coffee was an experiment away from the normal naturally processed Sumatran the coop produce. Honeying is done by removing the cherry from the seed (coffee) and being left to dry in the sun with the sticky mucilage on. This differs from pulped natural as no water is used in this process. Commonly used in Costa Rica due to water shortages or in places where naturally processed coffee is the norm.
In the cup expect it to be a little cleaner than the Natural version of this coffee, and a little more fruity and strange is one of the best descriptor I can come up with. I've bought this coffee with lots of blending ideas in mind, as I think it will bring lots to a blend. But on its own it has funk, apples and a cider like aftertaste whilst still having the unmistakable big bold body and earthiness of a Sumatran.
Location: Lake Toba, Sumatra
Altitude: 1 000 to 1600 meters
Coffee areas: Aceh - 80 000 ha
Soil Type: Volcanic
Type of shade trees: Various
Rainfalls in mm/year: 4 500 Main crop from September to March; fly crop from June to July
Picking method: manual (1x)
Drying method: sun-dried at special open air concrete floors
Take this one to just before second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Apples, cider, fruity, funky, with a big body.
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