REGION: Lintong VARIETAL: Ateng, Jember and Garundang FARM: Lintongnihuta (shores of Lake Toba) ALTITUDE: 1000-1300 M FARMER: Various ROAST: Medium
NOTES: Jul 2016 - 94 points from Coffee Review
The Sumatra Lintong Mutu Batak comes from selected producers surrounding the town of Lintongnihuta in the Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Northern Sumatra Province). This specific area is located on the southern shores of Lake Toba, which is the largest volcanic lake in the world. The soil around the southern part of the lake is volcanic which leads to exceptional terrain for growing coffee. The town of Lintong Nihuta sites on a plateau that ranges from 1000 meters with a few farms around 1300 meters.
The producers of this coffee are small farmers who have been recognized by our staff to produce exceptional raw material. These selected farmers run small two to four hectare plantations with each hectare consists of approximately 1,000 coffee trees. The farmer grows, harvests, and depulps the coffee on the farm. After depulping he stores the coffee overnight, allowing it to ferment and washes the following day. After washing the farmer will briefly dry the coffee to remove the moisture from the exterior of the parchment and delivers the coffee to our production facility.
At this point the coffee is inspected to ensure that it surpasses our expectations. If the coffees do not pass inspection, we will not purchase the shipment. If the coffees meet our requirements, we will put into greenhouses for drying down to about 40% moisture. At this point, the coffee will be hulled and then put back into the greenhouse for further drying.
After the coffee is dried to 12 to 13% moisture content in the greenhouses, the coffee will be delivered to the warehouse in Medan. It is inspected and graded again upon arrival to ensure no errors were made during processing. The coffee is then warehoused for 2 months. Then it goes through the final grading, hand sorted, bagged and ready for export.
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