coffee: Burni Telong
varietal: Tim Tim, caturra & typica
processing: Giling Basah (organic)
altitude: 1400 - 1600 masl
Owner: cooperative owned
Location: Karang Rejo, Bener Meriah, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Cup score: 84.25
Situated under the shadows of the Burni Telong which translates as @Fire Volcano@ this coffee has been created by local collector working out of sun district of Karang Rejo. Mahdi has over 20 years of experience in coffee from this region and has used this experience to start building lots from groups of farmers who produce the best coffee. Over 60 farmers ( 0-1ha farm owners) contributed to this lot. The soil type together with the climate provides ideal growing conditions for coffee. The Sumatran coffees are rich, full bodied with smoky notes.
Indonesian coffees are an acquired taste. Some of our customers love them immediately, for others they are simply too much. Sumatrans have unique flavor profile. Dark, rich, chocolatey ( well just like some Central American coffees- nothing new there) but then they hit you with spices and tobacco notes. Burni Telong has notes of nutmeg, sweet tobacco and grapefruit all crammed in with dark rich heavy smoky body.
Sumatran coffees are mainly produced by unique semi-washed process (wet hulled) and is localy 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 colored, swollen green bean with water content around 35%. The drying is then completed where seed quickly turn to dark green color unique to Sumatra.