The Drink: Sumatra Buna From Barista On Duty
Type: Single Origin Fair Trade And Organic
Overall Rating: 3.75 Out Of 5 Coffee Mugs
I know that some people love their Sumatran coffee. Traditionally coffee from this Indonesian island have a thick body (how heavy it feels on the tongue), rich flavors and are dark roasted. I’m more of a medium or light roast coffee fan and 95% of the Sumatran coffees I’ve tried were roasted a little too long for me. However, I was curious what Barista On Duty would do with this coffee. The head roaster, Johnny Milton is known for custom roasting in small batches to create a coffee that doesn’t follow the stereotypes.
The initial aroma that I picked up on was earthy, had the smell of fresh vegetables just picked out of the ground and a hint of sweetness in the background. When I went back for another smell, I picked up on even more. This time there was cinnamon and a woody scent. It was a pretty standard Sumatra so far, but there were hints of something more.
The sip was smooth and extremely thick like a syrup, leaving a dusty flavor on my tongue and exactly what I expected from a Sumatra.
However, it was in the taste department that this coffee stood out from any other Sumatra that I’ve tried before. There was a sweetness, that was more than just the usual hint of sweetness that comes with a Sumatran. There was the earthiness that I expected too, but then there’s this wine-like flavor that I wasn’t expected and a little of citrus tartness that combined perfectly with the rest of the flavors.
A 6 ounce bag of Sumatra Buna is $10.50, it’s not cheap but you’re paying for quality and they will roast it however you like it.
Sumatra Buna from Barista On Duty earned an above average, almost excellent rating of 3.75 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. I didn’t know a Sumatra could taste like this!
P.S. If you’re a coffee company/roaster, I would like to try your coffee and give my fair, honest opinion about it. Send me a message via the contact form if you’re interested.