Sumatra Mandheling Decaf
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Lintong growing district of the Lake Toba region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.|
|Review Date:||October 2007|
In the aroma deep-toned with moist earth and fruit tones that suggest molassy fruitcake or banana bread or a fruity dark chocolate. The candied fruit, molasses and moist earth complex carries into the cup, riding richly over a slight flatness introduced by decaffeination. Sweet, long, rich finish, very slightly astringent when hot but impressively smooth as the cup cools.
Mandheling is the traditional market name for an admired coffee type grown in the region around Lake Toba in north-central Sumatra. These coffees are marked by low acidity and idiosyncratic flavor notes that appear to result from serendipitous taints - mild fruit ferment and mildew - acquired during unconventional drying procedures. Those characteristics are apparent but very muted and agreeable here. Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
I can't imagine a much better traditional Sumatra for caffeine-avoiders who admire the fruity earthiness of this classic coffee type.
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