Our Sumatran Tiga Raja is from a small, specialty-focused mill that collects coffee from smallholder farmers in and around Simalungun. This area has many of the natural ingredients needed to produce high-quality coffee, including temperate climates, high altitude, and rich volcanic soils.
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Cup Score: 86 points.
Primary Descriptors: Earthy, clove, black currant, semi-sweet.
Our Sumatran Tiga Raja is very structured, earthy, with clove, spice (black currant), aromatic, semi-sweet, long finish, and medium mouthfeel.
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The Origins of Indonesian Sumatran Coffees
The arrival of coffee to the Indonesian archipelago has made that sliver of islands one of the top five producers of coffee in the world.
The island of Java is where coffee first began to be grown in the South Pacific from beans brought there from Mocha (in Yemen) by Dutch merchants. They’d seen the rich volcanic soil of the region as a prime place for launching into the coffee trade. In 1696 the first coffee trees were planted there and then quickly destroyed by earthquake and flood. In 1711 they tried again and put Indonesia on the map.
Bigger Isn't Always Better
This can have its drawbacks. Indonesia is now the fourth largest coffee producer in the world, and even with all its smallholder farms, finding high quality coffee there has been a journey of discovery and a bit of a struggle as large share growers abound with low quality product.
It’s been suggested that 75 percent of the coffee grown in Indonesia is Robusta, a more durable but far inferior variety that winds up as instant coffee—which is actually very popular among coffee drinkers in Indonesia—or used as a 'filler' coffee and bagged with Arabica.
Seek And You Shall Find
Yet specialty coffee roasters are still able to turn to places in Indonesia such as in certain areas northern Sumatra. Working with a handful of cooperatives, smallholder farmers continue to produce distinguished coffee yields in those high-altitude rich volcanic soils.
Recently we’ve discovered the Tiga Raja Mill, a cooperative that gives voice to local growers competing in the many-coffeed island of Sumatra. A coffee farmer collective, Tiga draws from the best crops available in and around the Simalungun area of North Sumatra, an area rich with the heritage of the Simalungun people of the Sumatra Highlands.