Review of Mud Bay Coffee Sumatra Mandheling
  • Mud Bay Coffee

    Olympia, Washington
  • Sumatra Mandheling Permata Gayo

Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2010
Origin: Gayo growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $12.00 / 16 oz.

Blind Assessment: Rich aroma: fresh cut aromatic wood, buttery nut, raisin-like fruit, a hint of sharply pungent herb. Subdued acidy; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Heavy, fermented notes in the cup read as a brandyish dark chocolate with continued complications of raisin, aromatic wood and a salty, herby edge that shadows an otherwise rich finish.

Notes: Mandheling is a term variously used to describe a growing region surrounding Lake Toba in North Sumatra Province and a traditional type of wet-hulled coffee associated with that region. Here the term describes the Mandheling type, since this coffee is from the northwestern corner of Sumatra in Aceh Province, far from the Mandheling region. It is produced by Koperasi Permata Gayo, a cooperative made up of about 1,300 small farmers. The cup profile suggests further possible confusion: It reads very much like a dried-in-the-fruit or "natural" coffee, but is described by importers as processed by the typical Sumatra wet-hulled method. Mud Bay Coffee is a small-batch specialty coffee roasting company that prides itself on its sustainable, farm-direct coffee sourcing. Visit or call 360-754-6222 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer coffee’s wilder side.


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