Equator Coffees & Teas

Sumatra Ulos Batak

Location: San Rafael, California

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

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2015

Agtron: 56/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the #28 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015.  Ulos Batak is the name applied by the cooperative exporter Klasik Beans to a premium grade of its small-producer wet-hulled coffee from the Lintong region south of Lake Toba. Lintong is one of the longest-established growing regions in Sumatra and probably the most admired. Coffees 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.” This is a particularly refined example of the type. Founded in 1995, Equator Coffees & Teas is a women-owned wholesale coffee roasting company with web-based retail and two recently-established cafés plus more on the way. Equator focuses on sustainability in coffee sourcing and business practices. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a sweet-savory, zesty, citrusy cup.

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

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