Pigeonhole Coffee

Sumatra Afro-Gayo

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Origin: Gayo (also Aceh) growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: IDR $120,000/250 grams

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet, high-toned. Maple syrup, sandalwood, black cherry, lantana-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with brisk acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The finish leads with fruit and floral tones in the short, consolidating to cocoa-toned aromatic wood in the long.


Produced by small-holding farmers from trees of the Caturra variety of Arabica. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex aromatic wood and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” This is a refined example of the type. Pigeonhole Coffee is a Jarkata, Indonesia-based roaster and cafe. For more information, visit www.pigeonhole.id or www.motherpigeons.com.

The Bottom Line: An accessible, sweet-toned cup, crisp and balanced with a throughline of cocoa and aromatic wood notes.

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