Producer // Various Small Producers
Country // Sumatra
Region // Lake Toba, Lintong
Cultivar // Various Indigenous
Process // Semi-Washed
Elevation // 1,200-1,600 Meters
Tasting Notes // Juniper, Green Apple, Pine
Cup Characteristics: Deep seeded flavors of spicy juniper and pine introduce the lingering sweetness of green apple. The mouthfeel is full and the finish is lasting in Lake Tawar.
Sourcing information: Lake Tawar is a coffee that stands out not only among other coffees in Sumatra, but also among Specialty coffees in general.
It’s unique acidity, herbaceous sweetness, and rustic spiciness seem to be a result of a multiple of factors. The volcanic soil and ideal rainfall provide its unique terroir, while the region-specific processing allow for its inherent profile to shine.
Semi-washed means that the coffee cherry was taken from the tree by pickers and stripped of the fruit within a short time, the wet beans and mucilage is then partially dried. The coffee is then washed again and all of the mucilage is stripped off along with the parchment layer, leaving just the coffee bean. The coffee is then dried in the sun to a balanced level. This unique process is the main reason why Sumatran coffee is known for having earthy and tobacco-like qualities.