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Bard Coffee

Sumatra Wahana Natural

Location: Portland, Maine

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.20/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2013

Agtron: 59/69

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Immense, resonant, shifting aroma and flavor. Rose- and lavender-like flowers, cantaloupe, peppercorn, dark chocolate, rye whisky just as starters. Functional, integrated acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Long, rich, flavor saturated finish with a dry, savory edge.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #21 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2013. 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 “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. Bard Coffee is a coffeehouse and roasting company based in Portland, Maine, focused on distinctive single-origin coffees. Bard Coffee is co-owned by Bob Garver, founder of Wicked Joe coffee and a frequent judge at barista competitions in the United States and internationally. Visit www.bardcoffee.com or call 207-899-4788 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A light but fully developed roast encourages expression of a massive and ultimately harmonious complexity that should surprise and please any coffee drinker save the most conventional in taste.

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