Sumatra Lintong Mutu Batak
Location: Los Angeles, California
Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia
Est. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Review Date: July 2016
Complex, sweetly rich. Pungent grapefruit, sweet violet, almond brittle, pipe tobacco, fragrant sandalwood in aroma and cup. Juicy acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. The crisply rich, long finish retains a pretty combination of violet and tobacco tones.
This exceptional coffee was selected as the #29 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. Produced by smallholding farmers from the Ateng, Jember and Garundang varieties of Arabica. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex earth and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” This is a particularly refined example of the type, produced in the Lintong region south of Lake Toba, one of the oldest and arguably the most admired of Sumatra growing regions. This coffee tied for the top rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Klatch Coffee is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Klatch Coffee espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
The Bottom Line: Intricate layering of pungent citrus, sweet flowers, moist tobacco and aromatic wood, an original yet deeply characteristic expression of the best style of traditional wet-hulled Sumatras.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2016 tasting report: Learning from Sumatras