Organic Shade-Grown Sumatra by Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters Review |
  • Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters

    Helena, Montana
  • Organic Shade-Grown Sumatra

Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2004
Origin: Lake Tawar basin, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Deep, resonant aroma, gently pungent, complicated by ripe cherry and fresh leather. In the cup settles into a classic traditionally processed Sumatra cup: musty earth tones and tart fruit notes, tamarind and dry cherry perhaps. Reader Pat Teel nominated another Hunter Bay coffee (Kaffe Moose Drool); we received this one as a bonus.

Notes: Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning farmers have been paid a formula-determined fair, or socially sustainable, price for their coffee. Traditionally processed Sumatras like this one are valued for the mildly fermented fruit and mildewed earth tones created by unorthodox methods of fruit removal and drying. Hunter Bay is a wholesale roaster with a particularly informative website and an impressive selection of coffees. Visit or call 406-273-5490 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A classic Sumatra cup with reassuring environmental credentials.


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