Crescendo Coffee Roasters
Indonesia Wahana Estate Natural
|Roaster Location:||Yongin-Si, South Korea|
|Coffee Origin:||Sidikalang, Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||KRW $10,000/250 grams|
|Review Date:||July 2016|
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