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Door County Coffee and Tea

Sumatra

Location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Origin: Mandheling growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: November 2002

Agtron: 46/43

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Blind Assessment:

Lindsey Bolger: “Engaging aroma of sweet chocolate pudding invites the tasting spoon to dive right in. The cup delivers on the aroma’s promise with a body that won’t quit and a lingering sweetness that pushes through the rather dark roast” (83) Ken concurs with both the chocolate and the sweetness: “Clear sweet cocoa tones, balanced cup, long clean finish” (87).

Notes:

Mandheling, grown in districts around lake Toba in North Sumatra Province, is the classic Sumatra origin. Technically it is a wet-processed coffee, but a series of peculiarities in how it is processed and dried give it its characteristic low-key richness and idiosyncratic, often unpredictable, flavor notes. Door County Coffee and Tea is a quality-oriented specialty roaster located in the scenic Wisconsin peninsula of the same name that juts north into Lake Michigan Visit www.doorcountycoffee.com or call 800-856-6613 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: Chocolate lovers of the subtler persuasion.


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

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