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Sumatra Mandheling

Sumatra Mandheling

Regular price $20.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $20.00 USD
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Pilgrim is proud to offer this delicious selection from Sumatra. Along with the earthy notes you’d expect from an Indonesian coffee, this particular crop boasts incredible chocolate notes with a rich, dark cherry finish. Absolutely delicious!

Medium-Dark Roast. Great for French press or pour-over. 

Additional information about this crop from the importer, Mercanta:

“There are very few coffee estates or even co-ops in Sumatra. Instead, a huge number of tiny growers – farms rarely exceed 2 hectares – usually sell small quantities of coffee at their local village market and bargain hard for the best price for their semi-washed coffee. Indo CafCo does things slightly differently. They work closely with various parties along the supply chain: farmers, farmer groups and collectors. Although these parties are not ‘members’ of Indo CafCo per se, each is considered a partner in the supply chain.

There are various methods of delivering coffee to market in Sumatra. The most commonly found system (and the one responsible for this lot) is where smallholder farmers process their own coffee using the wet-hulled, traditional Giling Basah method. Growers pulp their cherries at the farm using basic pulping machines; then, they partially dry the mucilage before sending the crop on to millers (usually via a collector, as most farmers are very small and may not have resources to bring the coffee themselves) to remove the parchment in a semi-wet state. It is thought that this process gives Sumatran beans their distinctive bluish-green appearance. The exporter purchases this asalan (partially dried parchment coffee) from collectors and then sorts and grades the coffee at their mill. Another important role of the collector is that because they collect or gather coffee from their group of farmers (within their buying area), they are able to supply large volumes to exporters, to fulfil volume-based / commercial sales requirements. Smallholders with less than a hectare would not be able to do this on their own.

While this coffee IS very traditional, it is also very unusual in two senses. Firstly, the relationship that Indo CafCo has with its collectors is unusual. Most times, collectors are similar to agents / middle-men but all of the collectors working with Indo CafCo are traceable to the farm level. They are not employees of Indo CafCo; however, they all have a long-standing relationship with one another – in some cases stretching back to over a decade. The partnership works based on mutual trust and transparency, and many collectors help convey training and information back to farmers.”

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