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Jackrabbit Java

Sumatra Tano Batak

Location: Thermopolis, Wyoming

Origin: Lintong growing region, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2018

Agtron: 47/69

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Pungent and earthy with a quietly persuasive sweetness. Fresh clay, grapefruit zest, baker’s chocolate, vanilla bean, ripe pear in aroma and cup. Sweet/savory in structure; light but plush mouthfeel. Clay, grapefruit and vanilla carry into an impressively resonant, layered finish.

Notes:

This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of Value Coffees for Coffee Review‘s March 2018 tasting report. Coffees like this one from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex earth and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” Produced in the Lintong region south of Lake Toba, one of the oldest and arguably the most admired of Sumatra growing regions. Jackrabbit Java selects the finest coffees from around the world and roasts them in Thermopolis, Wyoming’s mountain air. All Jackrabbit Java coffees are specialty-grade and roasted to order. Visit www.jackrabbitjava.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A classic Sumatra that displays its clean, fresh-earth character and grapefruity pungency without apology, supported by crisp chocolate, vanilla bean and pear.


This review originally appeared in the March, 2018 tasting report: Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

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