Trader Joe's

100% Sumatra Lintong

Location: Monrovia, California

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

Roast: Medium

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Review Date: November 2002

Agtron: 66/47

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

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).


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 www.traderjoes.com for store locations and general information.

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?

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