Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade Organic
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About Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade Organic
Arrived September 2016. Sumatra Mandheling is known for its very heavy, almost syrupy body and its low acidity. This combination makes for a smooth, velvety, yet pronounced cup of coffee. Powerful aroma. Direct and sturdy with nutty flavor. Our current lot is KSU Rahmat Kinara Cooperative Fair Trade & Organic.
The KSU Rahmat Kinara Cooperative is located in the Gayo Highland region of Central Aceh in Takengon at an elevation of 1,200-1,300 meters. Gayo Highland is the most well known place in Indonesia for high quality Arabica coffee and sustainably managed farms. The word "Gayo" means "nice" in English and comes from the local tribe which consists of nearly 85,000 people living in the mountains near where the coffee is grown. The cooperative uses the wet-hulled or semi-washed processing method, called "Giling Basah" in the local language and is later sun dried.
- Origin: Indonesia
- Region: Sumatra
- Subregion: Aceh
- Producer: KSU Rahmat Kinara Cooperative
- Coffee Grade: Grade 1
- Screen Size: 90% over screen 15
- Growing Altitude: minimum 3900 feet
- Processing Method: Wet Hulled
- Plant Varietal(s): Bourbon, Catimor, Typica
- Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic certified at origin
Cup characteristics: Earthy, nutty, smooth on the palate. Sturdy, pronounced but not overbearing body. This is an especially nice lot that shows care shown during preparation.
Roasting notes: C+ to FC are good levels for Sumatra, though it is also highly prized when roasting darker. You will find different taste characteristics at each point: At C+ sweeter, nuttier flavors, less mouthfeel; at FC mouthfeel intensifies and reveals the earthy character; as the coffee roasts longer and caramelizes the body remains with added bittersweet characteristics.
Indonesia coffee facts:
Population (2006): 245.5 Million People
Coffee Production: 6.79 Million bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg
Domestic Consumption: 2.14 Million bags per year
Coffee Export: 4.65 Million Bags
Cultivated Area: 250,000 Hectares
Harvests: Year round depending on region with peaks
March to June.
Arabica Introduced: Introduced in Java by the Dutch mid 17th century.
Specialty Coffee Regions: Sumatra (Aceh), Java, Timor, Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), Bali.
Grades: Grade 1 triple picked, grade 1 double picked, grade 1 , grade 2
All Arabica plantations were destroyed in 1877 by a coffee disease.