Home Barista Workshop

Sumatra Wahana Natural

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT $420/200 grams

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 58/67

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Complexly fruit- and cider-toned. Shifting, layered fruit – banana, grape, kiwi and more – in a cidery, brandyish expression rounded and anchored by dark chocolate and spicy pine. Round, softly vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor fades just a bit in an otherwise sweet, deep, long finish.


This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with the “wet-hulled” coffees more typical of northern Sumatra. Wahana Estate is a relatively new coffee farm in the classic Lintong growing district near Lake Toba. Home Barista Workshop is a specialty roaster based in Taipei, Taiwan. The owner, Ricky Chang, provides high-quality, freshly roasted coffee for Taiwan and Hong Kong customers. Visit www.homebaristaworkshop.com or call +886-975393424 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An elegant and engaging variation on the dried-in-the-fruit cup, with the fermenty edge to the fruit lush yet crisply restrained.

This review originally appeared in the June, 2013 tasting report: Better and Better: Sumatras 2013

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