Sumatra is the second largest island of the Republic of Indonesia. Sumatra Mandheling coffee although relatively rare is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser near the port of Padang in the Batak region of west-central Sumatra, at altitudes of 2,500 to 5,000 feet.
The natural drying method used in its production results in a very full body with a concentrated flavor, garnished with herbal nuances and a spicy finish. The coffee has a low acidity and a richness that lingers on the back corners on your tongue. Notes of chocolate are evident in the finish.
Strong cedar notes, consistent, balanced, sweet tobacco, winey, spicy, chocolate
|Floral||Sweet, Spicy, Floral||Full, Creamy||Medium, Pleasant|
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 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 War II.
FAIR TRADE BENEFITS LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Our main suppliers of FTO (Fair Trade Organice) Sumatra, KSU Adil Wiladah Mabrur and Koperasi Gayo Mandiri, have used Fair Trade premiums to:
- purchase agricultural tools (weed cutters, machetes, shovels and saws)
- invest in environmental education and training (erosion, soil conservation and disposal of waste)
- programs focusing on women's empowerment (such as supporting women during their pregnancy by purchasing necessary medical tools)
- hire women to do manufacturing work in processing facilities
- training women in financial management