Producer: Helena (Collector)
Farm: Silimakuta Community
Altitude: 4600 - 5000 feet
Varietal: Jember (S-795), Typica, Sigararutang
Process: Wet-Hulled (Giling Basah)
Notes: Salted Caramel, Black Currant, Baker’s Chocolate
This offering comes to us from our friends at Crop to Cup. Silimakuta is a small community in the Lake Toba region of Sumatra and the first village to work directly with Crop to Cup. Helena is the local collector, traveling around the community gathering the coffee cherries from all the neighboring farms. She sorts the coffee cherries for quality of ripeness then pulps the coffee on the spot before taking the parchment to the local stream for washing. Here she uses flotation to further separate the highest quality coffee from the rest. This coffee is milled when the moisture content is still high. Known as Giling Basah, or the Wet-Hulled Method, this is the traditional milling process found in Sumatra. The coffee is dried and sent off to the nearby city of Medan where it is dried and milled again, then hand-sorted twice.
This medium roasted coffee features a caramel and warming spice aroma, round body, and juicy acidity. When brewed it has notes of salted caramel and sweet pipe tobacco with a black currant sweetness. Baker’s chocolate and a gentle note of red pepper linger in the finish.