Sumatran Mandheling Kuda Mas is one of the best of the best Sumatran coffees, definitely one of the world’s top beans. This should rate for all coffee lovers as one of the top 10.
Most coffee in Indonesia is grown on small-holder farms, a family with anywhere between 100 trees to a few hectares of land. They pick the coffee and pulp it, which means that they run it through a hand-crank drum with a surface like a cheese grater that peels off the skin of the fruit.
Then they will ferment the coffee in any number of ways - either in a polypropylene bag, a plastic tub, or a concrete tank - to get the fruit layer (mucilage) to break down. After overnight fermentation, the mucilage can be washed off, and you have wet parchment coffee - the green bean inside the parchment layer that encompasses it, still swollen with water.
It is best as a single origin but will blend with other coffee beans. The flavour lingers of cedar, pepper spice, roast caramel and spiced fruit. The mouth feel is full buttery with a syrupy richness.
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- Acidity:Low to medium
- Body:Bold intensity.
- Aroma:Roast caramel, spiced fruit.
- Flavour:Intense, earthy, forest berries and smooth.