Coffee Review - Sumatra Mandheling by Lexington Coffee
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: April 2011
Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Price: $15.75/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Very complex, rather edgy Sumatra. Pruny dark chocolate, cherry, brandy, fir in the aroma. Quietly rich acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Woody, sweet, herby character in the cup, reminiscent of sassafras perhaps. Floral top notes, continuing dark chocolate and cherryish fruit. Very sweet in the finish, with ongoing floral and wood notes.

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. Wahana Estate is a relatively new coffee farm in the classic Lintong growing district near Lake Toba. Founded in 1990, Lexington Coffee is an award winning artisan roasting company based in Virginia. Lexington’s focus on fresh, flavorful and sustainable coffee explains its motto, “Uncommon and Uncompromised.” Visit or call 800-322-6505 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Sensory adventurers. An exotic, ambiguous coffee with great fundamental sweetness and much, too much perhaps, going on aromatically. Definitely not for the purist.


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