£8.50 – £29.00
A sweet spicy flavour with tones of dark chocolate and liquorice. Medium acidity.
Our Indonesian Mandheling Coffee
Many of the islands of Indonesia were formed by volcanoes and still benefit from soil that’s rich in volcanic ash and ideal for growing coffee. It’s no wonder that some of the world’s most famous coffees are grown on the islands of the Malay Archipelago of Indonesia: Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Java.
Approximately 15 percent of all the coffee grown in Indonesia is Arabica. Sumatra is the second-largest island of the Republic of Indonesia. Sumatra Mandheling coffee is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mt Leuser near the port of Padang, in the Batak region of west-central Sumatra. “Mandailing”, spelled here correctly, refers to the people indigenous to this region.
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 during World War II.
Giling Basah, the unique method used in the production of Sumatran coffees, results in a very full body with a concentrated flavour, garnished with herbal nuances 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.
Giling Basah (Wet Hulled)
760 – 1500m