Paradise Roasters

Sumatra Absynia

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Aceh growing region, northwestern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $19.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 48/57

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Complex, unorthodox. Lily-like flowers, tangerine, slightly scorchy cedar, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Brisk, bittersweet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Tangerine and chocolate persist in a round, gently resonant finish.


Coffee was first planted in Indonesia (in Java) in 1696. The coffee comprising this sample is purportedly the progeny of a later importation of coffee seed to Indonesia in about 1928, supposedly directly from Ethiopia (previously Abyssinia). To our eye and palate, this coffee does not much resemble Ethiopian cultivars in bean shape or cup profile, though it is a subtly unusual cup, especially in respect to a lush, lily-like floral note. Like all traditional Sumatras, it is a wet-hulled coffee, which process most likely gives it its underlying cedary, bittersweet, pipe-tobacco-like character. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Adventurers who enjoy exotic variations on the old-fashioned syrupy, earthy (here pipe-tobaccoish) Sumatra cup.

Comments are closed.