100% Sumatra Lintong
|Roaster Location:||Monrovia, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.|
|Review Date:||November 2002|
Blind Assessment: Lindsey Bolger exclaims: "A lovely, well-structured coffee! In the dry fragrance I detected a slightly rancid note, suggesting staling. But after the pour and upon the break, a delightful aroma of brown sugar and cocoa bloomed to mask any lack of freshness. With a maple-syrupy sweetness, bright but restrained acidity and refined fruit notes, this is an excellent example of a classic Sumatra that defies the origin's reputation for earthiness" (88). Ken concurred, finding "both aroma and cup dryly acidy yet deeply sweet, lush with a sort of spicy fruit suggesting pineapple. Rich, smooth mouthfeel" (89).
Notes: Lintong is a name for a growing region within the larger Mandheling region edging on Lake Toba in northern Sumatra. Although Lintong coffees are technically washed or wet-processed, a series of peculiarities in how they are processed and dried give them their characteristic low-key richness and idiosyncratic, often unpredictable, flavor notes. Trader Joe's is an innovative discount gourmet chain with stores in fifteen states, but no mail order. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of a classic breakfast cup who want just a little adventure with their scones or muffins.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2002 tasting report: What Makes Sumatra Coffees Taste The Way They Do?