Sumatra Mandheling Coffee
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sumatra mandheling coffee
Origin: Mandheling growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Notes: Mandheling, grown in districts around lake Toba in North Sumatra Province, is the classic Sumatra origin. Technically it is a wet-processed coffee, but a series of peculiarities in how it is processed and dried give it its characteristic low-key richness and idiosyncratic, often unpredictable, flavor notes.
Blind Assessment: Lindsey Bolger: "Intense aroma of fresh-from-oven brownies. Flavors of dark chocolate and sweet caramel compliment the rather dark roast. I added points to acknowledge the roaster's skill in pairing the roast so appropriately to the coffee" (85) . Ken also was impressed by the aroma: "richly low-toned, chocolaty, malty, spicy, complex. In the cup gently roasty, complicated by dry fruit and malt notes. A slightly astringent finish lowered my score" (84) .
Who should drink it: Lovers of traditional Sumatra Mandhelings, with their low-toned complexity and ambiguous mustiness that, in a well-handled dark roast like this one, bring to mind good things like dark chocolate and oven-fresh brownies (Lindsey) or chocolate-toned dry fruit and malt (Ken) .