This Grade 1 triple picked Arabica is Sumatra Mandheling, grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser near the port of Padang in the Balak region of west-central Sumatra, at altitudes of 2,500 to 5,000 ft.
The natural drying method used in it’s production results in a very full body with a concentrated flavour, garnished with herbal nuances and a spicy finish. The coffee has a low acidity and a richness that lingers on the back corners of your tongue. Notes of chocolate are evident in the finish.
Coffee trees were originally brought to Indonesia in the early 19th century by the Dutch who sought to break the world-wide Arabic monopoly on the cultivation of coffee. Within a few years, Indonesian coffee dominated the world’s coffee market. Yet by the end of the century, disease completely destroyed the crop. Coffee trees were successfully replanted and quickly gained a large share of the world market until the plantations were ravaged again during World War II.