This cup has a strong, rustic sweetness (a bit like chicory), molasses, sorghum syrup, pungent clove, cinnamon, substantial body, dark malty note, caramelized sugars, rustic overlay, cinnamon-laced black tea note in the finish along with aromatic cedar and cinnamon bark. City + to Full City+ roast.
This is a peaberry preparation of our 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. The family of collectors we source this lot from works direct with the small growers, bypassing the local markets in most cases, where lower grade coffees are mixed in with the better lots. 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 rustic honey sweetness in lighter roasts, as well as chocolate, brown rye bread, aromatic wood and herbal notes. There's sweet sarsaparilla and root beer scents in the wet aroma, caramel, dark malty chocolate scents, and pungent spice. At City+ the strong, rustic sweetness reminds me of chicory root, molasses and sarsaparilla, laced with clove and cinnamon. There is dark dried fruit, plum, and a bit of rindy citrus in the lighter roast brightness. This brightness paired with intense sweetness is unique in Sumatra wet-hulled coffees. The body is quite syrupy and substantial. There's a dark malty note, as well as caramelized sugars, with a slight rustic overlay. The long finish has a nice cinnamon-laced black tea note that I find very pleasing. Hints of aromatic cedar and cinnamon bark come through in the long aftertaste.