Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||Rockville, Maryland|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern provinces of Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2005|
Blind Assessment: Powerful and complex. Extraordinary aroma: spice, a fresh, nostril-tingling cedar, low-toned tropical fruit, bananas perhaps. In the cup a tingle of sweet acidity, more cedar, and fruit that turns sweetly and richly tart - grapefruit, tamarind. Memories of this complexity persist in the finish, softening a mild astringency. Reader Amy Bowser nominated this coffee, calling it "clean but with huge depth and character."
Notes: Quartermaine Coffee Roasters is a small-batch specialty roaster that remains loyal to the roots of specialty coffee, emphasizing freshness maintained not through packaging but via frequent roasting and rapid turnover. Visit
Who Should Drink It: The hearty virtues of a traditional dark-roasted Sumatra without the usual musty/fermented ambiguities.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2005 tasting report: Now More Than Ever: Traditional Coffees of Sumatra and Sulawesi