Sumatra Lintong Parpea Grade 1
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 in the Republic of Indonesia. Sumatra Mandheling coffee is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser near the port of Padang, in the Batak region of west-central Sumatra. “Mandailing,” spelled here correctly, is technically an ethnic group in Indonesia, not a region, as is Batak.
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 again during World WarII.
Giling Basah, the unique method used in the production of Sumatran coffees, results in a very full body with a concentrated flavor, 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 flavor profile (low acidity, richness that lingers on the back of the palate, and a chocolate finish) and gives the green beans their signature color.
Sumatra Lintong Parpea is sourced from family-owned farms organized around an export company called CV. Yudi Putra, located in the Lintong district within the province of North Sumatra on the islands of Sumatra, Indonesia. Yudi Putra is a family-owned export company that operates its own mill and collaborates with farmers to access the international coffee markets.
Region: North Sumatra
Grower: Coffee producers organized around CV. Yudi Putra
Harvest: June - December
Altitude: 1150 - 1375 m.
Varietal: Typica, Catimor and Bourbon
Soil: Volcanic loam
Process: Wet hulled dried in the sun
The Cup: Lime Zest, Malt, Chocolate, Balanced