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|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2005 tasting report: Now More Than Ever: Traditional Coffees of Sumatra and Sulawesi