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Sumatra Grade 1 Mandheling
This Mandheling coffee has an earthiness to the sugary aspects, that lie somewhere between grain-like brown rice syrup, and the malty side of unrefined sugars. The dry grounds have a strong scent of ripe berries, raw cane juice and fresh tarragon. Earthy aspects are stronger in lighter roasts, and Full City shows more along the lines of toasted sugars and smokey chocolate. This coffee really sweetens up with the addition of hot water, and takes on much more straight forward notes of brown sugar and butter, along with fresh fig. It's a very sweet crust, and breaking it releases a pungent waft of papaya along with rice pudding in the steam. The cup has a layers of fruit and sugars at both light and dark roast levels. City+ roasts are sweet and bodied, and with notes of kumquat, cane juice, and the tartness of kiwi. This Mandheling definitely has a tropical side to it, and darker roasts show elements of red fruit punch. They also have a bit of burned caramel, with that rustic, unrefined and almost smokey flavor. The finish has a slight dryness and bittersweet quality, reminiscent of Baker's Chocolate - but mostly as mouthfeel, and not flavor. This will make an interesting, rustic-tinged single-origin espresso.
Region: Lintong Area, N. Sumatra
Processing: Wet Hulled (Giling Basah)
Crop: December 2013 Arrival
Appearance: 1 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Varietal: Ateng, Bergendal, Djember
Intensity/Prime Attribute: Medium-Bold intensity / Rustic sweetness, tropical fruits, herbal notes
Roast: City+ to FC+. Full City is a great starting point...many roasters over-roast Sumatras looking for surface color similar to other origins. Lighter Sumatra roasts can actually be more intense!