Dou Sun Cafe

Wahana Natural Sumatra

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Review Date: June 2013

Agtron: 52/60

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

The crisp, understated fermented fruit notes suggest a pungent dry sherry with a backgrounded plum and night-flowers sweetness and a buttery, slightly savory edge. Brisk but juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor fades a bit in a sweet but drying 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. Dou Sun Café is a micro-batch roaster-café located in Taipei, Taiwan. The owner, “Leader Chang,” passionately devotes his time to roasting high-quality coffees for his customers.Call +886-989-727-425 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Complex, engaging variation on the dried-in-the-fruit cup; crisp yet lush, original.

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

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