Sipangan Bolon Blue Toba
coffee: Sipangan Bolon - Blue Toba
varietal: Lintong, Lini-s, Tim Tim
processing: Giling Basah (organic)
altitude: 1110-1375 masl
Owner: cooperative owned
Location: Sipangan Bolon, around Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
Cup score: 84.25
The Sipangan Bolon cooperative comprises of some 480 farmers, who grow their coffee alongside other crops in region surrounding Lake Toba (the largest volcanic lake in the world). 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. Sipangan Bolon has sweet tobacco, nutmeg and grapefruit all crammed in with dark rich heavy 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.