JBC Coffee Roasters

Tano Batak Sumatra

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 54/73

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately earthy and tartly fruit-toned. Fresh-cut cedar, chocolate, green grape, plum with a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Bright, lively acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, rich, slightly drying finish.


Coffees from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are admired 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. JBC Coffee Roasters (formerly Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters) is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those likely to enjoy a fine variation on the classic Sumatra structure: simultaneously tart, juicy and richly earthy.

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

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