||Sumatra Raja Batak Honey Process Typica 2014
||Lake Toba, Sumatra
I need to warn you all, this tastes like no Sumatran coffee I have EVER tasted. It is VERY unique, please read on before buying.
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. It's great that we now 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, who have a language of their own. The most commonly 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 achieved 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, which is commonly used in Costa Rica due to water shortages, or in places where naturally processed coffee is the norm.
In the cup expect craziness, its like a flavoured cider, blackcurrant and blueberry cider with fizz and boozy punch. Apples that have been left in the fruit bowl for a couple of days too long, soft and mushy and sweet. Its the most un-Sumatran coffee I have ever tasted, its so strange but interesting.
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 just before second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Over ripe apples, cider, blackcurrant, funky, blueberry, fizzy.
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