||Sumatra Takengon Gayon Mountains Double Picked Fully Washed 2013-2014
||Takengon Gayon Mountains
Takengon is located in the highlands of north-western Sumatra and is situated near the shores of Lake Lut Tawar.
While Indonesia lies on the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates, it is a site comprising numerous volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Situated alongside the equator, it has a tropical climate, with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons.
Mandheling used to be produced in the Mandheling area in Northern Sumatra. Since this area produces hardly any coffee any more, the coffee produced in Aceh is called Mandheling. Most Sumatran coffee is naturally processed and tends to have a baggy/jute type dirtiness in the cup that's unpleasant. So you really have to search for the great ones, and because they are mainly co-op based they are difficult to reproduce.
But the coffee from this region does have a natural body, and a muted and controlled acidity that works well in both espresso and blends.
So imagine my surprise when I came across this fully washed Sumatran that's got all the good points of Sumatra without the usual downside. This is partly down to the washing and partly due to the double pick, where it was hand sorted twice to make sure nothing got in that shouldn't have. This costs a little more but is well worth it.
In the cup expect that huge body you have come to expect, and that bold flavour profile; a little bit of leather and a hint of spice. But the biggest thing is how transparent and clean the coffee is.
Listen, it's no Kenyan but it's not meant to be, and with that delicious mouthfeel and body going on it's amazing how much of this coffee you can see. A wonderful espresso.
Location: Takengon Gayon Mountains, Sumatra
Altitude: 1 100 to 2 400 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)
Washing method: fermentation is overnight
Drying method: sun-dried at special open air concrete floors
Screening and sorting method: both manual and machinery
Take this one into second crack, oils just forming/just before.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Leather, spice, balanced, big mouthfeel with a big body.
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