It has been a while since we have seen a Sumatra this beautiful. Given that coffee is not about looks, this cup also has a taste to follow, inner and outer beauty. Normally the wet-hulled Sumatra beans are ugly duckling of the coffee world.
The aggregate production method along with the classic Indonesian wet hulling process often leaves the beans split. Due to the beans being kept moist for longer, the color of the end product makes it much harder to mechanically sort out defects. So if your used to ugly duckling Sumatra’s, just looking at these beans will let you know the quality and time that went into this offering.
Wet hulled coffee is known for its lower acidity, bigger body cups with a complex and spicy earthy chocolaty factor that has become the terroir of Indonesian coffee.
Tasting Notes: A very cool cup! Lighter roasts have a little cool lemony acidity upfront giving some jazzy and sweet floral tones upfront balanced with a spicy and earthy (the good kind) chocolaty factor. Very clean cup that is drinkable and balanced at lighter roast points, which is pretty unique for a Sumatra. The cup still shines best from a little fuller roast, medium to borderline dark. It will get much fuller bodied and become a lower acidity cup. The acidity does give a slight crispness even at these roasts giving a lot to the depth of flavors present. Fuller roasts will turn more into a chocolaty spice noted treat. When roasting into 2nd crack one will add some cool roasty and smoky tones into the more bakers chocolaty cup profile.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast for a Sumatra coffee being such a gem. Roasts much more uniform than most other wet-hulled coffee. Low in chaff and tasty from light to dark. Light roasts for those who enjoy more acidity in the cup, for everyone else, a nice medium to dark roast will let these beans shine.
Coming from family-owned farms organized around an export company called PT. AgroTropic Nusantara (AGTN), which has been working with coffee producers since 2010 in the Kayu Aro highlands of the Kerinci regency within the Jambi province on the island of Sumatra.
AGTN has established an association of 680 producers who cultivating coffee on 2 acre parcels around the Kerinci valley’s edge near Mount Kerinci, the highest volcano in Indonesia and home to the Sumatran tiger, which inhabits the Kerinci Seblat (the largest national park in Sumatra and a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Through coffee AGTN has focused on supporting increased employment opportunities for women, which includes a woman as the director of operations. Women are also running the coffee nursery program and handsorting at dry mill.
AGTN also works closely with producers to decrease forest encroachment by using their coffee farms as a protective buffer for the Kerinci Seblat national park, which encircles the entire Kerinci valley with unparalleled natural beauty.