JBC Coffee Roasters

Ulos Batak Sumatra Peaberry

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2013

Agtron: 52/68

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Richly and tartly sweet, exotic, complex. Orange, honey and butter in aroma and cup, supported by a crisp backgrounded earth note. Round, gently tart acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries virtually intact into a long, ringing finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the #4 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2013. 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. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. 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: Almost syrupy sweet, juicily tart, with profound and original complexity. An amazing Sumatra.

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