Indonesian Sumatran Mandheling – Organic and Fair Trade
Our Indonesian Sumantran Mandheling organic coffee comes from the great coffee paradise of the islands of the Malay Archipelago of Indonesia. The coffee pickers sort through the coffee three times (known as triple picked) this ensures only the best quality coffee beans are used. We then carefully roast the beans to give a coffee that is earthy, nutty and smooth on the palate with a sturdy, pronounced but not overbearing body. This is a lovely coffee that shows the great care the growers and the roasters take during its preparation.
You will find different taste characteristics with different roasts. With a medium roast it is sweeter and nuttier in flavour with less mouthfeel. At a darker roast the mouthfeel intensifies and reveals the earthy character of the coffee. As the coffee roasts longer and the beans caramelise so it adds lovely bittersweet characteristics to the body of the coffee.
Many of the islands of Indonesia were formed by volcanoes and still benefit from soil that’s rich in volcanic ash, ideal for growing coffee. Sumatran Mandheling coffee is known for its heavy, almost syrupy body and its low acidity. This combination makes for a smooth, velvety, yet pronounced cup of coffee. Powerful aroma. Direct and sturdy with nutty flavor.
Giling Basah, is a unique method used in producing Indonesian Sumatran Mandheling coffees. It results in a very full body with a concentrated flavor, garnished with hints of herbs and a spicy finish. It involves hulling the parchment off the bean at roughly 50 percent moisture content (compared to 10 to 12 percent moisture, in most other regions). This unique process results in Sumatra’s trademark flavour profile (low acidity, richness that lingers on the back of the palate, and a chocolate finish) and gives the green beans their signature colour.
The Dutch and Indonesian Coffee
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 had 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 WarII.
Other coffees to try
If you like Indonesian Sumatran Mandheling why not try some of our Peruvian fair trade coffee?