Sumatra Fair Trade – Organic Line
|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Sumatra, probably Aceh Province|
|Review Date:||September 2007|
Blind Assessment: In the aroma deeply pungent with a sweet earthy mustiness that suggests grapefruit with additional hints of honey and chocolate. In the cup full body with pleasantly rough mouthfeel and continued earthy notes that read as chocolate, honey and pungent citrus. Rich finish with a slight clinging astringency.
Notes: A traditional Sumatra of the type distinguished by low acidity and idiosyncratic flavor notes that mainly appear to result from serendipitous taints - mild ferment and mildew - acquired during unconventional drying procedures. Certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Scotch-whisky-drinking social idealists.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2007 tasting report: Fair-Trade Coffees: The Controversy and the Cup