Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita Peaberry (June 2010)

A special peaberry separation of triple-picked Lintong coffee, with spicy accents, chocolate, honey, hickory scent, sarsaparilla, root beer, lighter body than other Sumatras, and a bit sweeter too. City+ to Full City
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region indonesia & SE Asia
Farm Gate Yes
Grade 1
Appearance .6 d/300gr, 16+ PB screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to FC+ to Vienna. See my notes about the intensity.
Weight 1 LB
This is a peaberry preparation of the Blue Batak Lintong-area coffee. Lintong coffees are from Sumatra, the island that is politically and geographically part of Indonesia. Lintong Nihota is the town that has become synonymous with the entire southern part of Lake Toba area. Lake Toba defines the landscape of the area, the largest volcanic crater lake in the world, and the result of the largest volcanic event on earth in the last 25 million years! It is huge, and the coffees from the north and eastern shores are quite different from the Lintong coffees. Lintong coffees are farmed by the Batak peoples that are the indigenous tribe that works the coffee in this area. We offer the top grade, specially- prepared Lintong coffees as Blue Batak in honor of the Toba Batak people.
I find Sumatras like this more complex in the lighter roasts than in the usual darker roasts they receive. The main reason is that many commercial roasters use color and surface texture as indicators of roast level. The peaberry has a different roast dynamic, and seems to be a more dense bean that the flats. (Sumatra is known as a fairly "soft" bean, overall). The Tarbarita has a complex aroma, with rustic sweetness, chocolate, honey-hickory, and savory herbal notes. There's sweet sarsaparilla and root beer scents in the wet aroma, caramel and butterscotch, darker malty scents, and pungent spice. My lightest roast was a bit too light (City, just through first crack and stopped) and it has a tomato stem smell - so make sure you allow the roast to progress a bit beyond City (unless you love tomato in your coffee)! At City+ the sweetness reminds me of chicory root and molasses, laced with clove and cinnamon. It's definitely a notch sweeter than other Lintong coffees. The body is lighter that the non-peaberry Blue Batak lot, but still quite syrupy and substantial. And the cup a bit brighter and more lively than most Sumatras I cup here. There's a dark malty note, as well as caramelized sugars and butterscotch with a rustic overlay. The long finish has a nice cinnamon-laced tea note that I find very pleasing, and hints of aromatic wood, cedar and cinnamon bark, come through.