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Indonesia Blue Toba Mandheling Wet Hulled

Origin Indonesia /

Altitude 900 - 1200 masl /

Crop Year 2016 /

Varietal Caturra /

Product Code 3786

About Indonesia Blue Toba Mandheling Wet Hulled

The broader Sumatran coffee industry is sophisticated and well established, developed over 20 years by national & international companies all aiming to meet the growing demands of the specialty market. However the industry still has little transparency down the chain from the processor/exporter. North Sumatra, centered on Lake Toba, produces an additional 30,000tons per year and all of the coffee from Aceh & Sumatra is exported from Belawanport in Medan (nth Sumatra).

What makes these coffee so special against traditional Mandheling’s, is they are sourced from micro-locations, where the mill owner/operator works directly with a small farmer group to buy coffee. More importantly however, is that YP and the mill owner, works directly with to help in developing good agronomic practices and quality systems in the pulping, washing and drying processes.

We know this is improving the quality enormously and we expect to see greater quality over the next 12-24 months, through our direct involvement with the farmers, mills and with YudiPutra. MTC is also planning two “roaster” visits to Sumatra in 2010, this will help to further develop the link between roaster and grower and help improve quality.

About Indonesia

Coffee was introduced into Indonesia by the Dutch in the 1600’s, becoming the world’s leading supplier. The industry initially developed growing Arabica coffee in large estate’s, however was totally devasted by a leaf rust disease. It was a century ago that Robusta was introduced to Indonesia and is the majority (90%) of Indonesia’s coffee production., however still producing Arabica coffee (in a much lesser capacity).

Indonesia’s coffee is grown by small-holder farmers (about one hectare of less), using traditional processing techniques that add a layer of complexity not found in other specialty coffees. There are as many as 20 varieties of arabica coffee being grown in Indonesia, and fall into six main categories; Typica, Hibrido de Timor (HDT), Linie S, Ethiopian lines, Caturra cultivars, and Catimor lines. The cultivation of these varieties can be found in the Indonesian regions of
Sumatra, Mandheling, Lintong and Gayo, and the islands Sulawesi, Toraja, Kalosi, Mamasa, Gowa, Java, Bali, Flores and Papua New Guinea.

Over the past 200 years, the names “Java” and “Sumatra” have become virtually synonymous with flavourful coffee. Connoisseurs of specialty coffee also know the names Bali, Lintong, Toraja, Kalosi, Gayo, and Mandheling. Beyond these well known regions, coffee from new areas, such as Wamena and Moanemani in Papua wait to be discovered.


September 2, 2016

General Comments: Dark cocoa, plum & toasted peanuts.