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Crescendo Coffee Roasters

Indonesia Wahana Estate Natural

Location: Yongin-Si, South Korea

Origin: Sidikalang, Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: KRW $10,000/250 grams

Review Date: July 2016

Agtron: 54/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, intricately rich. Lavender, banana, brandy, dark chocolate, tamarind in aroma and cup. Round but surprisingly zesty acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and lavender, in particular, dominate in the short finish and carry deeply into the rich, gently drying long.

Notes:

Wahana Estate is located in the classic Lintong growing district of North Sumatra Province near Lake Toba. It is a central mill drawing coffee from a group of local small-holding producers. It produces coffees processed by at least three different methods: natural or dried-in-the-fruit, traditional Sumatra wet-hulled, and fully washed (all soft fruit residue is removed from the beans before drying). This sample is a dried-in-the-fruit natural. It tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Founded by a bassoonist in 2015, Crescendo Coffee is an online shop that offers consumers a variety of coffee beans freshly roasted with the Easyster, a Korean-made roaster. Crescendo donates a portion of its profits to developing clean drinking water in coffee-growing regions of Africa. For more information, visit www.crescendocoffee.co.kr.

The Bottom Line: A lushly sweet, natural-process Sumatra with a discreet hint of sweet ferment and a long, crisply drying finish.


This review originally appeared in the July, 2016 tasting report: Learning from Sumatras

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