If ever there were a land ideally suited to grow the perfect coffee, it is Sumatra. And this Indonesian island doesn't disappoint with its tropical climate and forested landscape. Lush volcanic soil surrenders coffee as distinctive as its origin, placing Sumatran coffee among the world's finest. Introduced to coffee cultivation by the Dutch in the early 1700s, Sumatra eventually joined with Java, Timor, and Bali as primary coffee suppliers to Europe, giving rise to the Dutch East India coffee trade.
Typically grown on small family farms no larger than several acres, coffee is harvested once its cherries are ripe, pulped by hand, and sun-dried before being trucked for further processing. Northern Sumatra is home to the country's most notable traditional arabica coffees. The best of these are sold as Mandheling and Lington. We prefer the semi-washed Sumatra Mandheling for its complexity and baritone flavors. This coffee brings Sumatra's subtly-toned richness to the cup.
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