Once N Cafe Etude

Meriah Aceh King Batak

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

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

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $400/200 grams

Review Date: July 2016

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Pungent but delicately sweet. Molasses, hazelnut, fresh-cut redwood, sweet tobacco, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Juicy-tart acidity; smoothly silky mouthfeel. Finishes with hazelnut and sweet, molasses-inflected tobacco notes.


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 second-highest rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Once N Cafe Etude is a roaster and Internet retailer in Taiwan. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/OnceNCafeEtude or email OnceNCafeEtude@gmail.com.

The Bottom Line: Quiet oppositions: A sweet floral character pleasantly overlays a ground of tobacco and nut.

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

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