This is a peaberry preparation of Lintong-area coffee. Lintong coffees are from Sumatra, the island that is politically and geographically part of Indonesia. Lintong Nihota is the town that has become synonymous with the entire southern part of Lake Toba area. Lake Toba defines the landscape of the area, the largest volcanic crater lake in the world, and the result of the largest volcanic event on earth in the last 25 million years! It is huge, and the coffees from the north and eastern shores are quite different from the Lintong coffees. Lintong coffees are farmed by the Batak peoples that are the indigenous tribe that works the coffee in this area. Our Toba Batak coffee is from a family of collectors working in the Lintong Nihota area, who mainly buy much of their coffee direct from the farmers, rather than through the open markets where mixed qualities of coffee are usually tendered.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
This peaberry can take light roasts as well as dark. Many commercial roasters use color and surface texture as indicators of roast level, and tend to go dark on Sumatras in general because of this. The peaberry has a different roast dynamic, and seems to be a more dense bean that the flats. (Sumatra is known as a fairly "soft" bean, overall). The dry fragrance of this coffee has a strong raw honey sweetness in lighter roasts, as well as chocolate, aromatic wood and herbal notes. There's sweet sarsaparilla and root beer scents in the wet aroma, caramel and butterscotch, darker malty scents, and pungent spice. My lightest roast was a bit too light (City, just through first crack and stopped) and it has a tomato stem smell - so make sure you allow the roast to progress a bit beyond City (unless you love tomato in your coffee). At City+ the strong, rustic sweetness reminds me of See our Chicory Offerings for more information.">chicory root, molasses and sarsaparilla, laced with clove and cinnamon. There is dark dried fruit, plum, and a bit of rindy grapefruit in the ligher roast brightness. It's definitely a brighter than other Lintong coffees. The body is lighter than other lintong coffees but still quite syrupy and substantial. There's a dark malty note, as well as caramelized sugars and cocoa with a rustic overlay. The long finish has a nice cinnamon-laced black tea note that I find very pleasing, and hints of aromatic cedar and cinnamon bark, come through.