The cup is sweet, and with a pungent fruit flavor of jackfruit. Subtle tropical fruit notes come out in the cooling cup, faint citrus zest, apple juice and a weighty, clean mouthfeel. The finish is sweet, and with a lingering flavor of herbal tea. Our dark roast was just outside Full City+ territory and was still very sweet, juicy, and with herbaceous flavors of basil and tarragon. It's a nice cup of coffee that will also do well as an "outside the box" single-origin espresso. City+ to Full City+.
This lot is from the Sijamapola locality in the Batak area of Sumatra, the Lintong region, along the Southern end of Lake Toba. The climate is great for growing coffee and it's a part of Sumatra we've worked in extensively over the past few years. The farmers are rewarded for different tiers of coffee, thus encouraging selection of optimally ripe cherry as well as thorough initial sorting measures. Most of the collectors that process the coffee are now using covered drying patios to create even drying of the wet-hulled coffee, resulting in cleaner cup quality. Sijamapola is a great example of what a difference proper cherry selection and processing can make in the resulting cup. It stood out on the table as having a relatively clean sweetness for a wet-hulled coffee, and without too much of the rustic appeal.