Home Barista Workshop
Sumatra Wahana Natural
|Roaster Location:||Taipei, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.|
|Est. Price:||NT $420/200 grams|
|Review Date:||June 2013|
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.
Notes: 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