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Paradise Roasters

Sumatra Danau Toba

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 55/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deeply and richly sweet, wood-framed. Geranium, cedar, chocolate fudge, ripe banana, perique (fermented) pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Gentle, crisp acidity; viscous, satiny mouthfeel. The long, resonant finish is centered around notes of deep chocolate and pipe tobacco, lifted by suggestions of ripe tropical fruit.

Notes:

Produced at Nicaragua Small Farm in the celebrated Lintong region from trees of the Kember and Ateng varieties of Arabica. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex spice and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling,” a local variation on the classic washed or wet method. This is a particularly refined example of the type. Paradise Roasters specializes  in micro-lot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A classic wet-hulled Sumatra, equal parts floral- and earth-toned, with rich aromatic wood and chocolate notes throughout.