Sumatra Mandheling Supergrade by Cuvee Coffee Roasting Review |
  • Cuvee Coffee Roasting

    Spring, Texas
  • Sumatra Mandheling Supergrade

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: January 2006
Origin: Mandheling growing region near Lake Toba, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Delicate but intense aroma: sandalwood, hints of cherryish fruit. In the cup lean in mouthfeel; the aromatic wood notes settle toward chocolate while the fruit displays a distinct and pleasant grapefruit twist. The chocolate and fruit persist only momentarily in the finish before they are lost in astringency. Reader Frank Baker nominated this coffee as "a quintessential Sumatra, absolutely the best I have ever tasted."

Notes: Mandheling is the traditional market name for an admired coffee type grown in the region around Lake Toba in north-central Sumatra. These coffees are marked by low acidity and idiosyncratic flavor notes that appear to result from serendipitous taints - mild ferment and mildew - acquired during unconventional drying procedures. Cuvee Coffee is a small-batch, artisan wholesale roasting company located in southeastern Texas near Houston. Visit or call 281-288-2780 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who, like Frank, prefer their Sumatras lean-bodied and grapefruity rather than heavy and earthy.


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