Notch Coffee

Sumatra Boru Batak

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2017

Agtron: 54/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, complexly layered. Baker’s chocolate, pink grapefruit zest, dried mango, freesia, perique (fermented) tobacco in aroma and cup. Juicy, bright, balanced acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, richly drying finish has a throughline of baker’s chocolate and dried mango, accented by tobacco and spicy floral notes.


Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued 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, produced in the Lintong region south of Lake Toba, one of the oldest and arguably the most admired of Sumatra growing regions. Notch roasts in small batches to maintain quality and also offers a signature line of cold-brew, ready-to-drink coffees and concentrates. Visit www.notchcoffeee.com for more information; to order, email hello@notchcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: A flavor-saturated Sumatra with lively citrus, elegant fruit and lush tobacco notes.

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