Sumatra Batak Triple Picked
Altitude: 1450 meters
Variety: Typica, Catimor, Linies, Rasuna, and their hybrids and crosses
Processing Method: Wet-hulled
Aroma: raisin, dried tropical fruit, sweet tobacco
Taste: raisin, cedar, caramel, earthy
Finish: sweet, lingering
This Triple Pick lot comes from smallholder farmers of the Batak tribe in Humbang Hasunduntan Regency, North Sumatra, on the shores of Lake Toba. The Batak people have been farmers, hunters, and fishermen for hundreds of years given the natural productive abundance of the land and water in and near lake Toba.
The area surrounding Lake Toba is known as Mandheling, named for one of the many Batak languages, Mandailing. The name Mandheling first became used by Japanese importers of coffee from North Sumatra to refer to the region, and today “Sumatra Mandehling” is a common term for identifying coffees from North Sumatra. The coffee growing areas on the southern shores of Lake Toba are also referred to as Mandheling, with the name of the Batak language being used to identify speakers of the language, a coffee quality, and the area where that coffee grows. Family owned farms range in size from a quarter to one full hectare.
North Sumatra is a province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, just south of the Aceh province between the Malaaca Strait and the Indian Ocean. The stunning Lake Toba, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is at the center of the province, is surrounded by lush mountains covered in dense forests interspersed with smallholder farms.
Coffee has been grown in North Sumatra’s highlands near Lake Toba since 1888, nearly two centuries after the Dutch first introduced coffee to the island of Java in 1696, bringing it to the archipelago via Sri Lanka. North Sumatra is home to more than 14 million people, many in the urban area in and around Medan, the province’s capital and base of our Indonesia export partner Greenfolia.
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