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Temple Coffee and Tea

Sumatra Bodhi Batak PB

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 51/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Sweet, pungent, cleanly earth-toned. Honey, carob, malt, orange zest, lavender in aroma and cup. Round, deeply expressed acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor fades just a bit in an otherwise sweet finish.

Notes:

This coffee was grown by indigenous Batak people, who have been involved in coffee production since the practice was brought to Sumatra by the Dutch in the late 19th century. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired for their complex earth and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet hulling.” This is a particularly refined example of the type. This sample consists entirely of peaberries (“PB”), a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The earthy side of elegance in a fine and rather traditional variation on the great wet-hulled Sumatra profile.


This review originally appeared in the June, 2013 tasting report: Better and Better: Sumatras 2013

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