Coffee of the Month Club: Sumatra

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Sumatra is an island in Indonesia that’s known for its coffee beans. I’m generally more fond of South American beans, but this organic Sumatra coffee from Trager Brothers is very drinkable. The bag says “Big Body, Long Oaky Finish.” I get the big body, but what they describe as “oaky” I’m tasting more as a feint sourness, good sour like citrus. I taste the oak in a chardonnay, but not here. On the other hand, I’m no super taster, so perhaps the oaky notes are beyond my palate. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of Sumatran coffee you should give this a try. As always, the beans arrived freshly roasted and produced a beautiful bloom when first wet in my pour over. Sumatran coffee is my friend Michele’s favorite type of coffee, so I’ve had a lot of different takes on these beans which are generally roasted to a Full City or Viennese roast. Alas, as you all know by now, I prefer beans that take a lighter roast but Trager Brothers Coffee does a nice job with these beans. You should give them a try.

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