My name is Lolita and I'm addicted to Sumatra! Man-O-Man....I LOVE the stuff. When I started roasting coffee, I was not the least bit interested in roasting any Sumatra. I had a bad experience in the 90's. Tried some for the first time at the big famous coffee shop and it was so bitter and burned, I assumed all of it tasted like that.
I gravitated to many of the Central America beans. Mostly because they tend to be on the "sweeter" side. I'm a sweet person so I love the Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua etc due to their cocoa, caramel and nutty tastes.
My wonderful coffee broker was constantly trying to send me samples of Sumatra and I would just ignore him. Finally one day he stopped me and wanted to know why I wasn't interested in trying the Sumatra. I explained my experience and he said..."Shawn, you're roasting now, you know why it was bitter and burned...get some and make it your own!"
I did....and I La La Love it!!! It is different in the sense it's more like "vegetable soup" than sweet. It's hard to explain as when I discuss tasting notes as "earthy" people are fearful that their cup is going to taste like hot dirt. However, when I have it available to sample...everyone knows what I'm talking about.
This new crop (2014) comes from Lintong in Northern Sumatra near the shores of Lake Toba. This coffee is sun dried and features a grade 1 quality preparation. A well known characteristic of the region is the heavy body with great acidity... a very rich and clean tobacco finish. The Aceh Gold is one of the cleanest and most meticulously prepared Sumatra you will find.
Come in for a visit and I can tell you more about your coffees and the exciting things coming up.