The Drink: Kuma Coffee Tano Batak Sumatra
Type: Whole Bean Light to Medium Roast, Indonesian from the Linton Nihuta Region (Single Origin)
Overall Rating: 4 Out 5 Coffee Mugs
How a roaster brings out a coffee’s full potential during the roasting process is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Roasting time is the main factor in hitting that sweet spot. The flavor profile can wither in a few seconds. When I taste a great coffee that explodes with flavors, I am blown away. That was the case with Kuma Coffee’s Tano Batak Sumatra. It was a completely unexpected experience that left me awed and boosted my curiosity about roasting alchemy. Additionally, the sweet, citrusy smoothness challenged my preconceived notions of what typifies Sumatra.
Kuma Coffee’s website has this to say about the Tano Batak Sumatra:
“We haven’t carried a Sumatra coffee for over a year simply because we couldn’t find one that we’d be happy to serve.”
This coffee tasted so good I’m sure glad their standards are high.
The parade of aromas that emerged when I opened the bag was led by a sweetness similar to chocolate and jam together. A subtle earthy smell that I couldn’t quite identify gave it an underlying foundation.
The first cup out of my french press revealed the taste of mixed berries and a soft and enveloping brightness. Overly bright coffees are off-putting to me, but the lemony tingle I experienced in this Sumatra was a perfect touch.
The smooth and lively characteristics, sweet overtones and distinctive taste left me with a mellow feeling that made for a easy transition into a busy morning.
Mark Barany, Kuma coffee’s Roastmaster, has combined his talents and expertise to produce a unique Sumatra with a cornucopia of aromas and flavors. Kuma Coffee’s Tano Batak Sumatra earned an above average 4 out of 5 on the Daily Shot of Coffee scale.
You can order Tano Batak Sumatra online from our friends at Go Coffee Go for $15.00 for a 12 oz. bag.