Atu Lintang is complex in aroma and flavor. Look for toffee-sweet middle notes, slight berry and tropical fruit accents and top notes that are both herbaceous and even floral to some degree. City to Full City.
|Region||Atu Lintang District|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||April 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Ateng, Jember, Tim Tim|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 16-19 Screen; fairly large beans with a few quaker beans|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
The coffee that went into this lot comes from the Atu Lintang District, and was purchased by a local "collector" who has buying arrangements with the local farmers. In a system where farmers sell to local collector, much rides on the long-standing relationships between the two parties, and the collector is really the key person to determine coffee quality. A good collector buys coffees direct, such as in this relationship, rather than in the local village coffee markets where quality is low, processing of the coffees haphazard, and everything gets mixed together. Average altitude in the region ranges from 1300 - 1500 meters, and the typical varietals grown are Ateng Bergendal, and Jember. This coffee was purchased as whole coffee cherry from the farmers rather than pulped and partially dried for Giling Basah. It is a fully washed (wet process) coffee too - replete with wet fermentation - which is very unique for Sumatra. The earth-toned flavors that come from Giling Basah process method are gone and you're left with a much cleaner representation of coffee cultivar. Only 7 bags of this unique tasting wet process Sumatra. We also have a few bags left of our only other wet process lot, Sumatra Wet Process Gunung Tujuh.
Brown sugar and cream caramel smells permeate the ground coffee along with pulpy fruit and a green bell pepper accent. The wet aroma gives off sweet and bittering smells like caramelizing sugars and browned butter, and an interesting concoction of cooked fruits and herbal aromatics lies just below the surface. For wet process coffee, this is still one from the "wilder" variety and you should expect a complex brew when roasting Full City or lighter. Look for toffee-sweet middle notes, slight berry and tropical fruit accents and top notes that are both herbaceous and even floral to some degree. And while the finish isn't quite pristine, the profile leading into the aftertaste is so densely packed with flavor that it's sure to leave even the casual coffee drinker with much to contemplate. I wouldn't go beyond Full City if you're hoping to taste any of the aforementioned.