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Stockton and Graham

Organic Sumatra, Fair-Trade

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Origin: Lake Tawar basin, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Very Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: November 2002

Agtron: 35/32

Aroma: 8

Acidity: n/a

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Blind Assessment:

Lindsey Bolger: “A coffee with some interesting twists and turns. While dominated by a less desirable woody flavor, a sweet and chocolaty aroma and clean finish redeems what may be an otherwise ordinary coffee” (82). Ken: “Bittersweet, with dry chocolate and nut tones. A little too bitter and not quite sweet enough for me. The finish is astringent but rich.” (83)

Notes:

Certified organically grown and Fair-Traded. Although traditionally processed Sumatras like this one are technically washed or wet-processed coffees, a series of peculiarities in how they are processed and dried give them their characteristic low-key richness and idiosyncratic, often unpredictable, flavor notes. Stockton & Graham is a quality-oriented wholesale roaster who aims to provide its customers “global beverage experiences.” Visit www.stocktongraham.com or call 800-835-5943 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: Those who take their coffee with dairy, which should turn this rather bitter coffee with its wood (Lindsey) or nut (Ken) tones opulently chocolate.


This review originally appeared in the November, 2002 tasting report: What Makes Sumatra Coffees Taste The Way They Do?

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