An interesting but atypical Sumatra profile: Distinctly, almost distractingly sweet vanilla tones float over the Sumatra depth, which you only sense through a kind of echo. Perfumy, at turns suggesting flowers and then nuts, the vanilla notes may be too intense for elegance, lingering straight into the aftertaste, where they turn slightly cloying.
An interesting but atypical Sumatra profile: distinctly, almost distractingly sweet vanilla tones float over the Sumatra depth, which is sensed as a kind of echo. Grade 1 beans processed by traditional Sumatra methods.
Who Should Drink It
Another cross-over Sumatra: the vanilla-nut tones are more reminiscent of some Latin-American coffees (Perus, Mexicos) than Indonesias. If you enjoy the vanilla-nut flavor complex you may like the aggressive and interesting variation played out here.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 1998 tasting report: Sumatra Coffees