Studio Confluence

King Batak Honey

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Lintong growing region, northwestern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $500/250 grams

Review Date: July 2016

Agtron: 55/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Roundly rich, subtly sweet. Grapefruit zest, honeydew melon, carob, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Subtle, balanced acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The savory-sweet finish consolidates around carob and fir.


Processed by the honey (also called pulped natural) method, in which the fruit skin is removed as it is in the wet or “washed” process, but some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Studio Confluence is a micro-roastery and coffee shop in Taipei City, Taiwan. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/studioconfluence.  

The Bottom Line: A honey-processed Sumatra, crisper and zestier perhaps than the more traditional wet-hulled Sumatra, with a pleasing balance of complexly expressed fruit and savory carob and fresh fir.

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

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