Green pepper, sweet, fruit. Sumatran coffees are often referred to as Mandheling. Mandheling is an older Dutch spelling of Mandailing, which is an ethnic group, not a region. This coffee comes from near Lake Tawar in Sumatra, Indonesia. Sumatran coffees capture the wild jungle essence of this tropical Indonesian island.
We cup Sumatran after Sumatran to find that earthy, deep, complex, full-bodied coffee that exhibits low-acidity smoothness and a touch of forest floor funk. A great Sumatran is creamy, sweet, with a touch of butterscotch, spice, and mustiness. (Yes, mustiness, not jungle rot. This is where cupping Sumatran after Sumatran pays off Big!)