Cafe Backstage

Sumatra King Batak Washed

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $600/227 grams

Review Date: July 2016

Agtron: 61/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, richly sweet. Tangerine zest, lightly expressed tobacco, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Lightly juicy, gently tart acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The bittersweet finish consolidates around sweet cocoa and tobacco suggestions.


This is a conventional wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. This is an unusual process for Sumatra, where most coffees are processed by the unorthodox wet-hulled method.This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Sumatra coffees for Coffee Review‘s July 2016 tasting report. Cafe Backstage is a small roastery and cafe in Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CafeBackstage332

The Bottom Line: An unusual Sumatra in that it was conventionally wet-processed rather than processed by the more typical Sumatra wet-hulled method. For this reason, perhaps, it is a delicate cup, yet richly so, with hints of the tobacco suggestions characteristic of traditionally wet-hulled Sumatras.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2016 tasting report: Learning from Sumatras

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