The first Sumatran coffee plants were imported and cultivated by the Dutch East Indies Company back in 1888 and some of that original root stock can still be traced to the highlands of Sumatra near Lake Toba.
With small holder farmers around the island growing generally no more than a few hectares the combined variety of taste is extraordinary; and exports of this fine coffee reached 414,000 tonnes in 2014.
The provinces that account for most of Indonesia’s coffee production are: Bengkulu, South Sulawesi, Lampung, Aceh and North Sumatra.
With an over riding smooth and sweet body the more sensitive palette can also pick out notes of cocoa, tobacco, ceder wood and occasionally the slightly acidic tropical fruits of grapefruit and lime.
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