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Sumatra Gazali Bener Meriah
- Country – Indonesia
- Region – North Sumatra, Aceh, Pantan Lues
- Farm- Bener Meriah Estate, 18 hectares (45 acres)
- Varietal – Typica (Tim-Tim)
- Elevation – 1600 meters
- Process – Wet-hulled
- Roast – Light
Cupping notes of vanilla bean, lemon curd, red pepper, cedar and peach.
Zoka Cupping Score: 86
This coffee is grown on the Bener Meriah Estate farm, owned by a farmer named Gazali, in North Sumatra, Indonesia. A second generation coffee farmer, Gazali follows the traditional Sumatran process of wet-hulling. Once picked, the skin of the cherry and mucilage is separated from the bean. That freshly picked bean, with parchment attached, is held/fermented in bags for 12 hours. The coffee is then patio dried for 3 to 4 days before "wet-hulling." Wet-hulling removes the semi-wet parchment skin from the bean. Green beans are then shade dried on the patio for a few more days. Harvest of this coffee takes place in December and January.
Wet-hulled coffee has a unique flavor in the cup. The process of wet-hulling is only practiced in Indonesia. Sumatra gets lots of rain, and had high sustained humidity, making drying more difficult. That higher moisture content present in the beans can lend to the classic earthy flavors Sumatras are known for.
Sumatra, is the sixth largest island in the world, with a landmass larger than Washington State and Oregon combined. With a population of 58 million people and just one port of export, coffee from Sumatra has often traveled a long way even before being loaded onto the boat; sometimes up to 375 miles through large mountains and over dirt roads.
Photo: Gazali Bener Meriah Farm during harvest.