Sumatra Blue Batak Peaberry by Temple Coffee |
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Complex, deep, pungent. Caramel, sweetly tart red grapefruit, freshly tilled clay, moist pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetly rich, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes: Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired for their complex earth, fruit and aromatic wood notes that result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet hulling.” This coffee is a particularly intense and particularly refined example of the type. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Superb Sumatra: juicy yet richly earthy; distinctive but balanced.


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