Our Sumatran is a classic Mandheling, grown in the Takengon highlands of northern Sumatra, much of it in the buffer zone surrounding Gunung Leuser National Park. We work with a new Organic, Fair Trade farmer group, PPKGO, organized by YPSI (an indigenous social foundation) with the assistance of our good friends at ForesTrade, the 'socially responsible business' that I respect more than any other organization I have ever dealt with. The coffee is grown on small, heavily shaded plots of 2-4 acres above 1100 meters, much of it sun-dried on raised drying tables.
I have been in love with Indonesia since my world wanderings in the 1970's. In 1990, I organized a project for Coffee Kids that brought potable, running water to over 1,500 coffee villagers. In the last few years, Dean's Beans has created a project called 'Reclaiming Sumatra' in which we have supported watter projects reforestation and land reclamation in coffee villages, and started a water buffalo eco-management project (the first buffalo is named Uncle Dean). We also brought in the first Fair Trade Sumatran robusta ever into the U.S., which we use in our super-tasty Ahab's Revenge.
Our Sumatran is a singularly full-bodied coffee, very low in acidity. It is a very hard bean and holds it character deep into the dark roast stage. We use this bean in our Sumatran French Roast and Ring of Fire (both dark), Moka Java (medium) and Moka Sumatra (my favorite blend!).
'Kalang Kabut' - You've got your head in the clouds
'Kopi enak!' - This coffee is delicious!
Products from Sumatra