Deeply sweet, intricately rich. Lavender, banana, brandy, dark chocolate, tamarind in aroma and cup. Round but surprisingly zesty acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and lavender, in particular, dominate in the short finish and carry deeply into the rich, gently drying long.
Roast: Dark Medium
Processing: Natural/Dry Processed
Altitude: 1300 to 1500 M.A.S.L.
Harvest: January to April
12 oz. Handcrafted Fair Trade/Organic Coffee
Sumatra Wahana Estate was the first natural process coffee we had from this part of Indonesia, and indeed it is not a common preparation. Mostly we see wet hulled coffees from Mandheling or Lintong. But an importer who we work with periodically called one day and said they had a coffee that was one of the ten best they had sampled over the prior year. Thankful for the opportunity to roast and drink something extremely different and special we purchased a couple of bags. Just an incredible coffee!
Wahana Natural comes from the North Sumatra region called Sidikalang, west of volcanic Lake Toba. The Wahana Estate is a large but fastidious and experimental property, where they separate varietals, some of them hybrids unique to Indonesia. Most of the plantation’s production is washed coffee and they have made significant investment in that area. However, this coffee is dry processed and is entirely of the Rasuna variety, a hybrid of Catimor and Typica that originated in Sumatra. This new varietal is being planted in Takengon area on 90 hectares of Wahana land. This varietal is grown on the Wahana Estate between 1300 and 1500 meters and all under shade, so trees can grow more slowly and naturally.
The plantation says that they observe organic and Rainforest Alliance practices, but they are not certified as either at this time. The certification process can take an extended time, so presently this should not be considered official, but rather an indication of the plantations intent. We mentioned that Wahana is experimental so if it of some interest that they also grow some “international seedling varieties” such as Villa Sarchi, Caturra and Catuai all from Costa Rica, and Colombia Typica from Colombia. These are in addition to the local varieties and hybrids such as this Rasuna.