Sumatra Gayo King Mandheling
|Roaster Location:||Hsinchu, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Gayo (also Aceh) growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||$19.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2019|
Blind Assessment: Richly sweet, subtly earth-toned, lightly roasty. Distinct dark chocolate, black cherry, fresh-turned loam, cedar, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure, with a savory bottom. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The loamy earth notes and dark chocolate dominate in a very sweet, layered finish.
Notes: This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from Sumatra for Coffee Review’s April 2019 tasting report. Coffees like this one 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.” Roaster Yu Chih Hao is co-founder of Fumi Coffee, a roaster in Hsinchu, Taiwan specializing in specialty coffee and homemade desserts. Visit https://m.facebook.com/fumicafe035586631/ for more information.
The Bottom Line: Snacking after some work in the garden. The scent of fresh-turned earth and dark chocolate.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2019 tasting report: Sumatra: Earth, Chocolate and Change