Harimau Tiger, Aceh Sumatra
Notes: Winey Fruit, Coffee Cherry, Black Tea
Nestled in the Indian Ocean between Southeast Asia and Australia, Sumatra is one of Indonesia’s larger islands. Its tropical terrain and volcanic soil makes it the perfect location to grow coffee. Harimau Tiger captures the classic characteristics of a Sumatran coffee while also offering a sweet, cleaner profile and higher cup quality than a standard “Mandehling DP.”
In Sumatra, where there is high humidity and long rainy seasons, coffee beans are wet, and partially covered in fruity residue. Because of these climate conditions, a process only practiced in Indonesia called wet-hulling (not to be confused with wet-processed) is used. In the wet-hulled process, various smallholder farmers across the region will remove most of the fruit from the cherry and send their high moisture beans to a collection point. The coffee is then hulled, where they remove this outer shell and any remnants of fruit, and finally allow it to dry until it reaches a moisture content acceptable for export.
This extra moisture present in a Sumatran coffee’s production later plays a role in its roast profile, when a roaster must take the coffee beans to a higher temperature to achieve a correctly roasted batch of coffee. As a result, Sumatran coffees tend to be darker roasted in comparison to other single origin offerings.
Look for a balance of sweetness with the earthy, herbaceous, and savory notes that are common to coffees from this region.
Whole Bean, Ground Medium (Drip)