Bener Meria Mandheling

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coffee: Bener Meriah

varietal:  Tim-Tim

processing: Giling Basah

altitude: 1150 - 1450 masl

Owner: cooperative owned

Location:   Tingkem, Bener Meriah  District, Sumatra, Indonesia

Cup score:  84.5

     Indonesian coffees are an acquired taste. Some of our customers love them immediately, for others they are simply too much. Sumatrans have a unique flavour profile. Dark, rich, chocolatey  (well just like some Central American coffees- nothing new there) but then they hit you with spices, tobacco and earthy notes. 

Meriah Mandheling is a great example of a classic Indonesian. Produced by a co-operative of 400 farmers growing their coffee on rich volcanic loam soils it has notes of dark chocolate with hints of nutmeg and tamarind. What this coffee also has is a fantastic orange marmalade twist and a note of red currant just before it cools completely in your cup. All that crammed into a rich, heavy chocolate body.

You will never mistake Sumatran for any coffee from any other origin.

    Sumatran coffees are mainly produced via a unique semi-washed process (wet hulled) that is locally known as Giling Basah. In this process coffee  is picked, machine pulped ( on the farms ) and then partly sun dried. The parchment is then removed revealing a whitish coloured, swollen green bean with water content around 35%. When the drying is complete the seed turns to the dark green colour unique to Sumatra.




Dark chocolate, orange marmalade, red currant, tamarind, black pepper

Suitable for:

Cafetiere Filter machine Espresso machine Hob percolator Aeropress

£2.95 per 100g