Selamat Datang. It's Indonesia's grand debut.
0010 – Sumatra Sejahtera Tani, roasted by Novel
|Roaster||Novel Coffee Roasters, Dallas, Texas|
|Roaster Tasting Notes||Apple, Prickly Pear, Honeycomb|
Sumatra. Allow us to attempt to paint a brief picture of this spectacular place.
- Sumatra is a tropical island in western Indonesia comprised of 10 provinces.
- It's the 6th biggest island in the world coming in at ~470,000 km², about the size and shape of California.
- Sumatra has some of the most rich and diverse set of tropical forests on earth. Think tigers, rhinos, orangutans, elephants, bats, along with over 200 other mammals and over 15,000 plant species.
- Being in the "Pacific Ring of Fire", it is no stranger to mother nature, having to cope with the volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis.
Despite its reputation in coffee for rather woody, dry, tame flavours, when you hear Sumatra, one could think of majestic, beautiful landscapes, full of simmering life and biodiversity.
Coming back to the coffee, according to Novel, Sejahtera Tani is the name of a group of farmers, consisting of about 20 families. This is also our first honey processed coffee in the Chronicles. A little about that.
First, sad to say, there is no honey involved in the honey process. It's just a nickname. So what's the difference? Here's a highly simplified comparison:
|Washed, Wet||Remove and wash off all the coffee cherry fruit in water before drying.|
|Natural, Dry||Place the whole coffee cherries out in the sun to dry out.|
|Honey, Pulped Natural||Remove most of the coffee cherry fruit, then place out in the sun to dry.|
In other words, the honey process is in some respects a hybrid of the washed and natural processes, the coffee cherry fruit is removed, like washed, but put out to dry with some of the fruit remaining, like a natural. Honey process is also known as "pulped-natural" and in some countries "miel" (Spanish for "honey".)
To quote an expert again, we borrowed some language from green-buyer and author Ryan Brown:
Brazil pioneered pulped-natural process with the goal of reducing water usage in the washed process, and ostensibly Costa Rica coined the term "honey process..."
The character of most of these [pulped-natural] coffees is similar to that of their washed counterparts, albeit usually with less-prounounced acidity, more body, and often, more fruited flavors.
The "honey process" gets its name from the coffee cherry residue left on the bean during the drying process. It's said to be honey-like in color and stickyness.
Now you know.
Novel Coffee Roasters
Founded in early 2013 by Kevin Betts and Ryan Smith, Novel Coffee Roasters was born out of the desire to share profound taste experiences with our community. We are committed to discovering amazing coffees fresh from harvest and roasting them with relentless attention to detail.
How'd it taste?
From Revolver headquarters
Like biting in to a caramel apple. Green apple acidity throughout. The main note is pear. As it cools, the toffee sweetness comes through even more.
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10 days in and we're just getting warmed up.
Hang on to your butts.
– Coffee Chronicles
- Check out Cafe Imports informative video on honey processing.