Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling Fairtrade Organic

Sumatra is the second-largest island in the Republic of Indonesia. Sumatra Mandheling is grown on the lofty, volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser, near the port of Padang in west-central Sumatra.

Our most frequent suppliers of Fairtrade Organic Sumatra — KSU Adil Wiladah Mabrur and Koperasi Gayo Mandiri — have used Fairtrade premiums to purchase agricultural tools (such as weed cutters, machetes, shovels and saws), and invest in environmental education and training (such as erosion avoidance, soil conservation and proper waste disposal).

Also prevalent are programs focusing on women's empowerment, such as supporting women during pregnancies by purchasing necessary medical tools. These co-ops have also made efforts to train women in financial management and hire them for manufacturing positions in processing facilities.

Giling Basah

Giling Basah, the traditional Sumatran method of processing coffee, involves hulling the parchment off the bean at roughly 50 percent moisture content, versus at the 10 to 12 percent moisture that's common elsewhere. This unusual practice results in a trademark flavor profile—a low acidity and a richness that lingers on the back of the palate—and gives the beans a signature dark color. Notes of chocolate are also common in the finish.

Cupping Notes

Cedar, sweet tobacco, spicy, chocolate. Winey acidity, consistent, balanced.

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