Sumatra Lintong Kardon
|Roaster Location:||Portland, Maine|
|Coffee Origin:||Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||$21.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||August 2023|
Richly earthy, deeply spice-toned. Graphite, pink peppercorn, guava, fresh-cut cedar, lemon verbena in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-savory with gently bright acidity; very full, satiny mouthfeel. Pleasing savory-leaning finish centered around graphite and pink peppercorn with undertones of sweet-tart guava.
Produced by 200 widows with support and training from husband-wife team Kardon and Yulinda, from trees of the Andungsari, LiniS795 and Sigararutang varieties of Arabica. 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.” Speckled Ax is a roaster based in Portland, Maine, specializing in high-quality certified organic and small-lot coffees. The company roasts in a vintage wood-fired Petroncini roaster with the goal of highlighting each coffee’s best attributes. Visit www.speckledax.com for more information.
A classic Sumatra cup that highlights the origin’s potential for depth and complexity, with a distinct throughline that evokes fresh earth just after a rain.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2023 tasting report: Ten Coffees From Women Producers That Should Be On Your Radar