Equator Coffees & Teas

Sumatra Lintong Tano Batak

Location: San Rafael, California

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 53/59

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Tartly sweet, spicily earthy. Dark chocolate, nutmeg, butterscotch, almond in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on sweetly and richly in the finish.


This coffee was grown by indigenous Batak people, who have been involved in coffee production since the practice was brought to Sumatra by the Dutch in the late 19th century. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired 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 particularly refined example of the type. Equator is a specialty roaster based in the San Francisco Bay Area driven by “passion for quality and sustainability.” Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Spice and butterscotch suggestions in particular distinguish this fine, elegant variation on the great Sumatra wet-hulled cup.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2013 tasting report: Better and Better: Sumatras 2013

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