Geisha Coffee Roaster

Sumatra Organic Aceh Ketiara

Location: Longwood, Florida

Origin: Aceh growing region, northwestern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.69/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2015

Agtron: 52/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Quiet, vibrant, dry, deep. Butternut squash, dried peach, coconut, orange blossom, hints of earth and fir in aroma and cup. Roundly balanced, deeply expressed acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet though simple finish.


This coffee is certified organically grown and produced by the Ketiara Cooperative, located in the Takengon highlands of Aceh Province above Lake Tawar, exclusively from an older variety of Arabica called Adsenia. Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex fruit, earth and aromatic wood notes that result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet hulling.” This coffee is a particularly refined example of the type. Geisha Coffee Roaster is a Florida-based Internet retailer offering a wide selection of coffees from around the world. The company has family ties to coffee farms in Panama; nevertheless, the company name should not be confused with the Geisha or Gesha coffee variety, the particularly costly, distinguished variety of Arabica also associated with Panama. Visit www.geishacoffee.com or call 407-409-8704 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A sweet though dry tendency runs through this profile, animating a rather original aromatic that coffee drinkers who lean toward dry but lively white table wines and the more aromatic style of hoppy beers may particularly enjoy. A very good value for the price.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2015 tasting report: Elegant Earth: Wet-Hulled Sumatras and One Sulawesi

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