A woman named Erna Knutsen has created an opening door to better coffee quality. It all started with Sumatra coffee. Not many people know back in the days when she started her own coffee trading company, Erna was the first person to introduce specialty coffee term when selling Sumatra coffee to her client. She used the term to differentiate the Sumatra quality from normal commercial coffee in the market. She also explained the specialty coffee words refer to coffee taste that being produce by specific region or terroir. As time goes by specialty coffee term has been adapted by coffee industry as a standard for high quality arabica coffee.
We love coffee not just by the taste by also by appreciate the coffee history. We are extremely excited to bring stellar Sumatra coffee produced by OG farmer Hendra Maulizar from Avatara Gayo. In the past few years experimental coffee process like Carbonic Maceration, Anaerobic, Honey Process and Natural Hydro Honey have been popular among local producers. We have roasted and sample lots of the sample from farmers but nothing come close to what Hendra team did.
Typical experimental process has traits of 'extra' fermentation taste either in coffee flavors or after taste. Hendra's team did a fantastic job on Avatara Gayo Carbonic Maceration coffee. It is the cleanest coffee taste we have ever try from Indonesia. Especially from Sumatra region which is famously known for herbal and woody flavor coffee. As a coffee lover we are extremely excited to showcase the result of talented and skillful coffee producer like Hendra. We will just let the coffee speak. Have good time 'chat' with her.
I have been trying to get my hands on this coffee bean for almost 2 years. Back then when experimental process was introduced into specialty coffee industry I was hoping it will get to Indonesia. Later on we found there is a coffee producer which Hendra Maulizar from Avatara Gayo has successfully produced Carbonic Maceration Natural coffee. Since it was produced in small numbers, everything went to local market and we could not get any stock from him. This year we started partnership with Biji Importer (micro coffee importer) to bring this amazing coffee for Arkib coffee lover.
My instinct was correct. This coffee deliver everything that I hope from Carbonic Maceration process. Especially coffee from Sumatra region which has a stigma of woody and herbal coffee. I want to have a coffee that can showcase the best of Sumatera coffee. This coffee has been sealed in tank with carbon dioxide gas injection in order to create vacuum sealed fermentation environment. This method can prolong fermentation period which contribute to complex flavors.
From ground, wet aroma and taste this coffee has everything are on point. It has deep winey, fresh fruits and sweet savory aroma. The passion fruit sweetness and complexity gently hit my tongue and getting intense as the coffee cools down. It has complex flavor coffee and can be quite challenging to taste since the flavors can swing from tropical fruits dominant toward berries notes. The sweet savory give sensation of biting raisin chocolate and it taste more enjoyable at room temperature.
I just love this coffee. Hats off to Hendra and team. What an amazing coffee to drink. Hope you enjoy the coffee and on behalf of farmer we are appreciated your support to buy this coffee.
- Helmi -