Kean Coffee

Sumatra Tano Batak

Location: Newport Beach, California

Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $15.25/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2016

Agtron: 51/62

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Intense, exotic, exhilarating. Moist, fresh-fallen leaves, ripe watermelon, blackberry, nut-toned chocolate, jasmine-like flowers, considerably more in aroma and cup. Pungent, juicy acidity; plushly soft mouthfeel. Deep, balanced, thoroughly flavor-saturated finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 8 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. The Lintong region in the highlands south of Lake Toba is one of the longest-established growing regions in Sumatra and probably the most admired. Coffees generally from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex tobacco and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet hulling.” This is a particularly refined example of the type. With two locations in Southern California’s Orange County, Kéan Coffee is an in-house coffee roaster and retailer established by Martin Diedrich of the distinguished Diedrich coffee family. The Kéan slogan, “Martin knows his beans” should be true, considering Martin grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm. Visit www.keancoffee.com or call 949-933-9164 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Extraordinary Sumatra, finely structured and utterly original in its aromatics.

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