Sumatra Classic Mandheling


Sumatra Classic Mandheling
Country: Indonesia Grade: One Region: Sumatra, Lake Toba area Mark: None
Processing: Dry-processed (semi-washed) Crop: January
2006 arrival
Appearance: 1.4 d/300gr, 18 Screen Varietal: Sumatra Varietal
Dry Fragrance (1-5) 3.4 Notes: Finding a really good Grade One Mandheling is tough, at the same time that there is an abundance of this coffee at every coffee warehouse, and on every broker’s list. It’s easy for anyone to get a bag of skunky old Mandheling. The problem arises when you want really good Mandheling. Buy too early in the crop cycle and you will get a melange of early new crop (not good …low grown) and past crop coffee (even worse). You have to look a t a lot … a LOT… of samples, and cup them hard, to find a lot that is true to the classic Mandheling cup. Then again, you need to know what that cup is supposed to be! 15 years ago I remember roasting Mandhelings that reall had the classic cup character that defined the origin …back when Specialty coffee was itself being defined in the U.S. . First off, it actually looks like a Grade One, and when I screen it in my lab and count the defects, it actually grades as one. This might sound idiotic, but it is the first lot of the year that I evaluated that read Grade 1 on the bag and actually was Grade 1! It has extremely nice preparation with much less percentage of defects than we have seen in recent seasons. Yes, it has that aggressive, woody, earthy (slightly mossy) character. But it also has a sweet fruitiness, a caramel roast taste that has a creamy, chocolate dimension to it as well. The finish goes toward the bittersweet, with a pungent quality emerging, reminding you of the deep, heavyhanded cup character that epitomizes Sumatra. It has a bit of all the defining Sumatra flavors wrapped together in one coffee, and maintains a balance between them. Most people might taste this and just say, "Boy, that’s nice Sumatra". That’s fine, that’s perfect in fact. Sumatra realkly doesn’t have to draw that luch attention to itself. I really enjoy the depth and balance of this cup, qualities that I haven’t enjoyed this much in a Grade One Mandheling for while.
Wet Aroma (1-5) 3.8
Brightness – Acidity (1-10) 8.0
Flavor – Depth (1-10) 8.8
Body – Movement (1-5) 4.2
Finish – Aftertaste (1-10) 8.8
Cupper’s Correction (1-5) 0 Intensity/Prime Attribute: Mild/ Clean, refined cup
Add 50 50 Roast: Full City+. Sumatra can be roasted on either side of 2nd crack. It works great for darker roasts and blends too. Sumatra appears lighter to the eye than the actual degree of roast, when compared to other coffees visually. People tend to prefer more roast on this coffee, but I enjoy it at a City+ stage (properly rested for 24 hours) where the surface is dry looking and a bit variegated (unsmooth and patchy color).
Score (Max. 100) 87.0 Compare to: Powerful Indonesians, Low acidity, deep flavors, earthy hints

Sumatra
Classic Mandheling
$4.80 add to cart $9.12 add to cart $20.88 add to cart $39.84add to cart $73.92add to cart

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