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Tano Batak Sumatra

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This coffee hails from the Lintong and Dolok Sanggul areas near the south-eastern end of the famous Lake Toba and is grown by indigenous Batak people. The Batak people have been involved in coffee production since the late 19th century when coffee was brought by the Dutch. This particular cooperative has well established relationships with the local farmers and takes pride in sourcing the finest coffees, while remaining committed to social and environmental sustainability.

Female Empowerment: In Batak culture, women are in charge. Women take care of the farms, harvest the cherries, process and then bring the produce to the market. The collectors at the market, called 'Pajuar' are also women. Men are involved in the hulling and drying activities. This is truly a socially responsible handcrafted coffee that affords empowerment to women.

Coffee Review

94 pts      Aroma: 9     Acidity: 9     Body: 9     Flavor: 9     Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment: Rich-toned, deeply and sweetly earthy. Chocolate fudge, white sage, blackberry, perique pipe tobacco, plumeria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish displays notes of blackberry and tobacco in the short, plumeria and sage in the long, and deep chocolate throughout.

Bottom Line: A multi-layered Sumatra cup with berry and tropical flowers as primary notes, balanced with fine pipe tobacco, sweet herbs and rich chocolate.

Review by Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, July 2018. Review at Coffee Review.

Tano Batak Sumatra

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Stone Fruit. Maple Syrup. Sweet Tobacco.
Juicy & Sweet-tart
Roast Level (Agtron): 
Lintong Sumatra
Small Holder Farmers
Ateng. Bergendal. Jember. Typica.
Growing elevation: 
1400 meters plus
Wet Hulled

Weight: 12 oz