Summary of taste: Soft fruit notes and a nutty bite
Whittard recommends: Using a Stovetop, cafetière or AeroPress
When to drink: For a strong start to the morning
With low acidity and full-bodied flavours ranging from cocoa and smoky tobacco to rich, ripe fruits, coffees from Sumatra are perfectly suited to a dark roast.
This limited edition variety has been sourced from a cooperative of smallholdings based around the town of Takengon in Northern Sumatra, where rich volcanic soil, plentiful rainfall and altitudes of 1300-1800m provide the ideal growing environment for exceptional quality Arabica. Crafted from the Mandheling variety of Arabica, the coffee’s unique flavour profile is largely a result of the local artisan processing technique known as ‘Giling Basah’. After being wet-hulled, pulped and partially dried, the beans turn a wonderful dark green colour – there’s no coffee quite like it!
To ensure the utmost freshness, we wait until the beans have been safely delivered to the UK before we start the roasting process. To complement the beans’ natural sweetness and slightly earthy quality we’ve chosen a dark roast: the result is a richly layered coffee with soft fruit notes, a nutty bite and a superbly full-bodied finale. Wonderful to enjoy over the course of a long Sunday morning, taking your time to muse over those multiple levels of flavour.
Since the days of the Sumatra coffee being included in the Coffees of the World giftset I had wanted to try these famous Sumatran freshly-ground beans. Happily it was worth the wait - made in a cafetiere this gave a wonderful chocolatey smoothness (not milk nor dark - perhaps like the 55% Ecuadorian balance?) alongside tobacco notes, but with no tarry residual mouthfeel or aftertaste.
It is indeed a little thin on the ground for flavour intensity and is fairly medium-to-light-bodied. Brewed a little stronger the body and acidity are substantial, smooth and floral as lychees. As the acidity is barely there and pleasantly mild I prefer cafetiere or permanent filter for this. Hope to see it become a permanent addition.
27th January 2015 Posted by
A pleasant enough beverage but uneconomical. To get any depth of flavour one has routinely to use a double shot.