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Sumatra Mandheling Coffee
This is a glorious single origin coffee, with a complex array of flavours that combine to produce an outstanding, strong cup.With a heavy, syrupy body there is a sweet chocolate hint that comes through the earthy rich notes. This coffee is perfect black to showcase the spicy aroma, however try in the morning through a stove top for a real eye-opener. It’s bold flavour is sure to wake you up. Although Mandheling is not a growing region, it is the name of an ethnic group that live on the island.
The History of Coffee in Sumatra, Indonesia
In 1696 the Malabar governor sent an Arabica coffee bean to the governor of Jakarta. However, flooding caused the growth of this seed to fail. The second shipment in 1699 was a success and this was how coffee was introduced to Indonesia. The plants flourished and the first export from Indonesia was in 1711. In 1850 Arabica coffee was planted in many areas across Indonesia, with Sumatra being one of them. By the 1920s Robusta beans had also been introduced to this region.