First Colony Coffee & Teas
Sumatra Mandheling Light Roast
|Roaster Location:||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Coffee Origin:||Mandheling growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Review Date:||January 2005|
Delicately rich and comfortably round, dominated by a winy ferment that reads as spice, mango, chocolate and cedar in the aroma, cocoa and spice in the cup. Rich finish with only the slightest tickle of astringency.
Mandheling is the traditional market name for coffee grown in the region around Lake Toba in north-central Sumatra. First Colony Coffee and Teas was founded in 1902, making it one of the oldest continuously operating small-batch coffee roasters in United States. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy the ambiguous complexity of fermented fruit.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2005 tasting report: Now More Than Ever: Traditional Coffees of Sumatra and Sulawesi