In August, our Coffee World Tour subscription is taking you to Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, comprised of over 17,508 islands. The Dutch East India Company brought coffee to Indonesia back in the early 1700s but since that time, it’s taken on a life of its own. Sumatran coffee was all the rage during the second wave of coffee because of the full-bodied cups it creates but more recently, Kopi Luwak coffee (collected from the droppings of civet cats) made headlines due to its astronomical prices.
Both Kopi Luwak and Sumatran coffee are controversial. Kopi Luwak is not necessarily all that special. The cats can eat cherries that aren’t ripe or from tasty varieties and sometimes they are kept in captivity and force-fed fruit. Sumatran coffee is also controversial because of the unique flavors that come from wet-hulling, a process only used in Sumatra. People usually love it or hate it, but if you’re the adventurous type, you won’t want to miss your chance to try it. This month’s coffee is from Northern Sumatra and so unique that you will feel transported.
sweet and complex
toasted hazelnut, basil, sun-dried tomato, raisin
1000 – 1400 meters
Ateng, Jember, Garundang
Small farms in Raja Batak, Sumatra
If you want to be the first to experience this incredible coffee, and to try a new coffee from a differently place around the world every month, be sure to subscribe to Coffee World Tour before August 1.
Photo credit: Rudy O Help, – Western Sumatra