Sumatran OrangUtan coffee comes from villages west of Lake Tawar, in Sumatra's Gayo Mountains. Sumatra, the world's first commercial coffee exporter, has a long, rich tradition of cultivating coffee plants. Grown at altitudes of 4,000-4,300 feet above sea level, the overwhelming majority of coffee from this stunning region is organically grown -- with few farmers even cognizant of chemical fertilizers. Most farms rely solely on the materials at their disposal, generally a mix of natural compost and animal fertilizers. The Gayo village we purchase from produces, at most, 8 coffee lots per year. While these remote farms are rarely Certified Organic, we are confident that the lot we roast (Gajah lot 36) is naturally grown and eco-friendly. Beans from the Gayo region are harvested by hand and semi-washed, known as ‘giling basah’ in the local dialect, before being semi-dried. Semi-wash processing, a rarely used method, is excellent for beans, such as the Sumatrans, that must be preserved for long periods of time post-harvest. The Sumatra OrangUtan, grown alongside cocoa, chili, and citrus fruits produces a bold, earthy taste infused with strong tones of syrupy dark-chocolate, mango, and a hint of chili pepper. This coffee has a stunningly bold, permeating aroma and nice, heavy mouth-feel. For those who love strong coffee, this is a true gem! To learn more about this great coffee, check out our blog entry. Please note these beans are not roasted.
buyer code, FT15, may not be used on Green Beans. If you are a
first-time purchaser, please use FT15 on your first roasted coffee-only