Sumatra Raja Batak Lingtong 2009-2010


Bean name Sumatra Raja Batak Lingtong 2009-2010
Country Indonesia


We are really lucky to have this coffee for sale and are one of the first European roasters to get our hands on it. The green preparation of the original sample that was sent to me was so absolutely perfect that I had to check that it was actually from Sumatra! By perfect, I mean glowing blue and not a broken or irregular bean in sight. In my experience, Sumatran coffees tend to be fairly unpredictable in the quality and freshness of the green.

Raja Batak is a semi-washed (handpulped) 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. You are one of the first in Europe to have the coffee available on sale to you!

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.

But enough about the geography and history, I hear you yell - what about this coffee in the cup! Well, it is a typical Lingtong with a heavy body, syrupy flavour, spiciness and tones of dark chocolate. What is unusual is its clean taste; earthy with a finesse and an elegance that is very pleasing. It has body with grace. We are very pleased to be able to offer you this fine coffee.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 5/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 89

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