Indonesia Emerald Mandheling

Location: Hong Kong, China

Origin: Gayo (also Aceh) growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: HKD $140/227 grams

Review Date: January 2018

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply rich, spicy sweet. Pear, cedar, vanilla, grapefruit zest, cumin in aroma and cup. Tartly bittersweet in structure; full, syrupy though drying mouthfeel. Resonant finish consolidates around pear and a floral-toned vanilla.


Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex aromatic wood and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” This is a refined example of the type. A.R.C., whose motto is “more than specialty,” rigorously controls three vital elements: sourcing of green coffee, roasting, and, in cafe environments, water quality for brewed coffee. For more information, visit http://www.arc.coffee/en/index.html.

The Bottom Line: Complex and dynamic in structure, balancing tart, sweet and bitter, with deeply layered and complex aromatics.

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