|Roaster Location:||Sacramento, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Gayo (also Aceh) growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||July 2016|
Blind Assessment: Deeply and richly floral. Rhododendron, fresh-cut redwood, butterscotch, ripe tangerine, chocolate fudge, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around a citrus-toned chocolate in the short; butterscotch resurfaces in the long.
Notes: Produced by small-holding farmers from trees of the Jember, Caturra and Tim-Tim varieties of Arabica. 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 refined example of the type. “Triple pick” means the coffee has been hand-sorted at least three times to remove imperfect beans. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Old Soul is a roastery, bakery and crafter of artisan goods dedicated to quality in every form. Visit www.oldsoulco.com or call 916-443-7685 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A multi-layered Sumatra wet-hulled profile that opens with pretty floral notes and settles into a crisp, balanced, chocolaty cup with a roundly sweet finish.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2016 tasting report: Learning from Sumatras