It’s hard to let go of stigma’s. Especially when they involve coffee. If we go a few years back and talk about Sumatran coffees, most roasters and coffee drinkers might have a lot against the region. Enough so, that some roasters stopped buying coffee from the region at all. In recent years, I’ve noticed Sumatran slowly but surely coming back around. To find one that really blows your mind is like finding a rare gem.
I still find it hard to find a really spectacular Sumatran or even just one that just tastes really good. I’ve tried to let this stigma go against Sumatran coffee, but I just can’t seem to. Every time I try, I find a crop that takes me back a few steps, and then there is that rare time you come across one that opens your eyes and makes you think, “Now this is why you should let all that hate go… This is a beautiful coffee!”
Clever Coffee Dripper:
24/345g • Grind beans on coarse side or #24 on Virtuoso • Pour in 48g or enough water to saturate grounds • Start timer and bloom for 30 seconds • Pour remaining water in and steep for 2 minutes • Quick stir • Drain • Total time: 2:30
The aroma comes out heavy with a pungent cocoa note that seeps into your nose and lingers. Underneath the pungent cocoa is a small hint of earthy muddiness along with a growing fruit play. It smells like dates, maybe even figs.
The taste is something to savor. The cup starts out thick and syrupy with that pungent cocoa play which I smelt in the aroma. The cup is so sweet and heavy, but soon thins out a bit letting in some very mild earthy tones in. Though, as the cup begins to cool I think this Sumatra has more of some woody hints than it does earthy. I can taste some fruit notes coming through too, but it’s so mild it’s hard to distinguish. If I had to take a guess, I’d say dates, or figs… Maybe both.
The cup finishes with some chocolate play, but overall leaves you with a relatively clean finish which is surprising for how heavy and thick each sip is.
Wonderfully refined and gently pungent. Rich, syrupy sweet, and refreshingly bright. Toffee, earth, and cocoa give way to an amazing marion berry compote that lingers on the palate. ~ Venia Coffee
Overall, this Sumatra Aceh Takengon is hands down a wonderful coffee. I really can’t get over how delicious this is. This would make for a wonderful holiday coffee too!
Info About This Coffee
Region: Indonesia, North Sumatra, Aceh, Takengon
Farm/Farmer: Small Farm
Altitude: 1350-1500 Meters
Varietal: Ateng, Typica, Djember
Processing: Semi-Washed / Wet Hulled / Sun Dried on Patio
Roast Level: Medium
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.