Tag: Indonesia

Velton’s Coffee Roasting Company // 2015 Holiday Blend

Velton’s Coffee Roasting Company // 2015 Holiday Blend

Velton’s Coffee is back at the Table after a long time away; this time we have their annual Holiday Blend here to make the season bright! This year Holiday Blend is quite a departure from blends of holidays past, as it is comprised of two […]

24 of the Top Coffee Production Regions

24 of the Top Coffee Production Regions

Coffee shopping can be a bit confusing. Is there really a difference between beans grown in Colombia and ones from Ethiopia? There is! The continent on which a coffee is grown has a remarkable effect on its flavor profile. Flavors can also differ from region […]

Kaldi’s Coffee // Sumatra Tano Batak

Kaldi’s Coffee // Sumatra Tano Batak

Kaldi's Sumatra Tano Batak
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This is the 3rd year we have brought in coffee from this cooperative in Sumatra. Sumatran coffees are known for their heavy, unique flavors. The best coffees from Sumatra are processed in their traditional style, called wet hulled.

Wet hulling is when the coffee is picked at peak ripeness and depulped, removing the fruit from the bean, leaving in parchment. The wet parchment “Gabah” is dried for about 1 day to about 30% moisture then wet hulled and dried under greenhouse solar dryers. The “Asalan,” dried green coffee, is dried to 13% and then put on density sorting tables and cleaned. Wet-hulling is a very unique way to process coffee and almost exclusively done in Sumatra. It’s also what gives Sumatran coffees their unique appearance and character in the cup.

Tano Batak is a premium mark from the Klasik Beans Cooperative, with which Olam Specialty Coffee works directly. This coffee comes from the Lintong area around the south-eastern end of the famous Lake Toba. The cooperative has well established relationships with the local farmers and takes pride in sourcing the finest coffees for their premium marks. Klasik Bean is committed to social and environmental sustainability. Farmers are rewarded well for quality and all cooperative employees receive full benefits.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping a cup of Sumatra Tano Batak, from Kaldi’s Coffee in St. Louis, Missouri. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THE BASICS:

region: Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
farm: N/A
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Klasik Beans Cooperative
elevation: 1400 meters above sea level
varieties: Ateng, Bergendal, Jember, Typica
process: wet-hulled, patio dried
certifications: standard

THE COFFEE:

Ooo-wee! The aroma of this Sumatra Tano Batak is… something else. It’s definitely not what I was expecting, because of the fact that it was roasted by Kaldi’s. It definitely has that Sumatran coffee thing going for it—musty, pungent, earthy, spicy—and those notes are accentuated by the roast profile Kaldi’s put on it—roasty, ashy, smoky. How disappointing.

The flavor profile definitely follows the nose, which is unfortunate; I was hoping that the roastiness in the aroma was just an aberration. Mind, this coffee isn’t roasted into oblivion, but carbon and smoke are definitely the dominant notes in this profile. I’m tasting a lot of those standard Tano Batak features—tobacco leaves, cedar, must, earth, spice—but the roast overtakes them.

As the cup cools, the roastiness follows suit. It backs off, allowing some fruit flavors to come forward, cracking through the earthy crust just a bit. Cantaloupe, red grape, black cherry, and grapefruit acidity round out the finish, but the flavors are way too mild to be enjoyable.

Full body; syrupy mouthfeel; citric acidity; dry finish.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Like I mentioned in the cupping notes, I was really disappointed in this cup from the very start. Immediately, I knew it was overdone in the roaster. I can’t say I was surprised by the lack of quality in the cup considering it was a Sumatran coffee; I was very surprised, though, that this Sumatra Tano Batak was roasted by Kaldi’s Coffee—one of the best roasters in the Midwest!

I’ve had the Tano Batak many times in the past, and I’ve tasted its potential; if anybody could have fully realized this coffee’s potential, it’s Kaldi’s. So this was a real missed opportunity.

*content provided by Kaldi’s Coffee

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Huckleberry Roasters // Sulawesi Tana Toraja

Huckleberry Roasters // Sulawesi Tana Toraja

Today’s cup comes to us from that mystical, magical region, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi—a region of the world that is shrouded in mystery. South Sulawesi is a place of tremendous beauty and home to some of the cleanest and best tasting coffees in all of Indonesia, especially […]

Peet’s Coffee and Tea // Arabian Mocha Java

Peet’s Coffee and Tea // Arabian Mocha Java

When these two coffees were first blended centuries ago, they were undoubtedly much different than what’s grown in Yemen and Indonesia today. Yet this combination of rich Mocha coffee from Arabia, tempered with estate-grown Java, remains a popular blend around the world. And it’s easy […]