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Indonesia Aceh Mengaya Premium Grade 1 Wet-Hulled

Origin Indonesia /

Altitude 1200 - 1350 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Typica /

Product Code 2156

About Indonesia Aceh Mengaya Premium Grade 1 Wet-Hulled

This coffee is sourced from one of the most amazing locations at the very end of Lake Tawar in Aceh province. It is a long winding crawl both high in altitude and distance from the main highland village of Takengon. CV Yudi Putra has a very diligent partner in Aceh, Mr. Ekka who works with a collector in an exclusive arrangement in this very remote micro-region of Aceh.

This direct relationship between grower, exporter and importer is very rare in Indonesia; most coffee is traded through a myriad of hands until one of the few large exporters blends it together and ships out the old style Mandheling. By working directly with small village producers we get to understand their coffee production process, their quality issues and then implement often simple solutions to improve consistency and quality. They also benefit from our involvement in providing advice on quality systems and simple agronomy lessons. They also love to meet the people buying their coffees.

This year we decided to bring some more Honey processed lots in, which have achieved great results! The cup is a great representation of the process - full bodied and rich with great acidity like the wet-hulled lots we have bought in the past - though with an added complexity of sweetness owing to this unique process.

About Indonesia

Coffee was introduced into Indonesia by the Dutch in the 1600’s, becoming the world’s leading supplier. The industry initially developed growing Arabica coffee in large estate’s, however was totally devasted by a leaf rust disease. It was a century ago that Robusta was introduced to Indonesia and is the majority (90%) of Indonesia’s coffee production., however still producing Arabica coffee (in a much lesser capacity).

Indonesia’s coffee is grown by small-holder farmers (about one hectare of less), using traditional processing techniques that add a layer of complexity not found in other specialty coffees. There are as many as 20 varieties of arabica coffee being grown in Indonesia, and fall into six main categories; Typica, Hibrido de Timor (HDT), Linie S, Ethiopian lines, Caturra cultivars, and Catimor lines. The cultivation of these varieties can be found in the Indonesian regions of
Sumatra, Mandheling, Lintong and Gayo, and the islands Sulawesi, Toraja, Kalosi, Mamasa, Gowa, Java, Bali, Flores and Papua New Guinea.

Over the past 200 years, the names “Java” and “Sumatra” have become virtually synonymous with flavourful coffee. Connoisseurs of specialty coffee also know the names Bali, Lintong, Toraja, Kalosi, Gayo, and Mandheling. Beyond these well known regions, coffee from new areas, such as Wamena and Moanemani in Papua wait to be discovered.

85/100

April 21, 2016

General Comments: Bright lemon acidity, ripe berries with a light honey sweetness.