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Forest Gem

Sourcing coffee directly from Indonesia is never a simple task. While it has a century-long history of coffee trading, most coffee has lost its traceability when served in the form of a cup to customers. For a specialty coffee roaster like Arkib, keeping all information intact is part of our priority and goal. It is no different when we start sourcing coffee from one of the most coffee sacred origin Mandailing, Sumatra. It was known as the world's first-traded specialty coffee.

Our search brought us to meet Sofyan Ali, who is Mandailing born and bred. Coming from Mandailing, Sofyan always wants to lift up Mandailing as one of the best coffee origins that come from Indonesia. Mandailing has a unique terroir to grow arabica since it is located along a volcanic crater, creating fertile soil for coffee growing. Together with local people, he sourced from Mandailing coffee, which comes from seven different villages and is mainly processed as fully washed coffee.

The honey process is one coffee processing method mostly avoided by coffee processors in Sumatra. This particular technique required proper drying monitoring to achieve an even drying result. This is the first black honey produced by Onma Coffee, with the drying process taking up to 40–45 days. The slow drying process creates such complex and deep flavors that give this coffee sensational ribena, blackcurrant, mango cordial, lavender, and a soft winey finish. Mandailing has such a big potential to be one of the best Arabica coffees from Indonesia.

The Producer

Indonesia's specialty coffee industry is going through changes with a new wave of young coffee producers. These types of coffee producers not only produce top-quality coffee but also carry pride in their work, which significantly contributes to traceability and transparency in sourcing coffee from origin. Determined to make a change, Sofyan Ali moved to Yogjakarta, Java, with the goal of introducing traceable Mandailing coffee to the local market.

Starting with 70 kg in 2021, Sofyan created Onma coffee and sent samples to coffee roastery around Yogjakarta to promote Mandailing coffee. Like most of the cases, not many coffee roastery dare try new coffee sold by unknown coffee producers. Despite the challenge, Sofyan slowly gained trust and started to sell to small roastery. From 7 kg per month, and now he is able to sell 600–700 kg per month. This does not come easy without his commitment to produce better coffee. He keeps asking for feedback from coffee roasters, which is crucial to helping small coffee producers like him alter the processing method and maintain consistency in producing good coffee.

At Arkib, we are happy to partner with small producers like Onma Coffee, which has a vision and goal to produce traceable specialty coffee. Moving forward, we are looking to seasonally offer Mandailing coffee sourced from seven villages around the Maindailing region. Nothing beats the excitement of sourcing, roasting, and offering coffee directly from its origin.

    • Cupping Score 87.75pts

      mangosteen, honey, lavender, plum, honey, violet

      apple, mixed berries, mangosteen, concord grape, raspberry

      strawberry juice, plum, mango, pineapple, red plum, clementine, pickle, kombucha

      long, clean, slightly fermented

      medium high low | phosphoric > malic acidity, complex, strawberry, plum

      medium | juicy, apple

      progressive, complex, well balance, layering

      complex black currant flavour with sweet tropical fruits taste
    • Roasting Schedule

      Retail Order

      Roasting on every Monday & Thursday

      Delivery on same day

      Cafe Partner Order

      Roasting on every Thursday

      Delivery on next day
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