Aged Sumatra Mandh. Pawani
|Roaster Location:||Northborough, Massachusetts|
|Review Date:||April 1999|
Blind Assessment: I had difficulty deciding whether to honor the inert hardness of this coffee because it's a deliberately achieved characteristic, or condemn it as a defect because I don't find it a particularly pleasant version of the aged taste. The dominating attribute is an oppressively hard pungency that flattens and simplifies the profile. Only a delicate halo of almost subliminal sweetness lightens the cup.
Notes: An aged coffee with a hard pungency that flattens the profile, with only a delicate halo of subliminal sweetness in the cup. This coffee was aged by a respected exporter in the port city of Medan. To my palate, it is not a good example of the Indonesia aged cup. Perhaps the procedure was rushed or attenuated.
Who Should Drink It : Either romantics who sufficiently enjoy the exotic appeal of aging coffee to overlook this particular aged reality, or those who genuinely enjoy hard-tasting coffees.
This review originally appeared in the April, 1999 tasting report: Indonesias and Papua New Guineas