This coffee has that classic Sumatran profile of earthy, almost tobacco-like flavors (I even got faint notes of black tea.) The body is pretty full, the acid is pretty low, it’s moderately complex and has a nice long finish.
Tano Batak is a screen 16+ premium grade coffee from the Lintong region near South Lake Toba in Sumatra. At 1,400 to 1,550 masl, this region has the highest coffee growing altitudes in Northern Sumatra.
The importer works with six collectors who buy coffee directly from small farmers and in weekly village markets. The collectors wet hull the coffee at 28-32% moisture and then dry it in green houses. Once around 11-12% moisture, they run the coffee over densametric tables before sending it to Medan for hand sorting. Given the exceptional quality of these coffees, each lot is processed separately as a microlot.