Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters
Organic Shade-Grown Sumatra
|Roaster Location:||Helena, Montana|
|Coffee Origin:||Lake Tawar basin, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra|
|Review Date:||May 2004|
Blind Assessment: Deep, resonant aroma, gently pungent, complicated by ripe cherry and fresh leather. In the cup settles into a classic traditionally processed Sumatra cup: musty earth tones and tart fruit notes, tamarind and dry cherry perhaps. Reader Pat Teel nominated another Hunter Bay coffee (Kaffe Moose Drool); we received this one as a bonus.
Notes: Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning farmers have been paid a formula-determined fair, or socially sustainable, price for their coffee. Traditionally processed Sumatras like this one are valued for the mildly fermented fruit and mildewed earth tones created by unorthodox methods of fruit removal and drying. Hunter Bay is a wholesale roaster with a particularly informative website and an impressive selection of coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A classic Sumatra cup with reassuring environmental credentials.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2004 tasting report: Readers' Nominations