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Mystery Cup: Sample C...
Sumatra Mandheling Gayoland Organic Fair Trade -- Semi-Washed:
Grown by the Batak Mandailing tribe in the northwestern most province of
Aceh, in the highlands around Lake Tawar. "Semi-washed" is
the designation given to coffees that have had the cherry mucilage washed
away from the bean, without allowing fermentation to occur.
Sample C seemed familiar to many, though it was
clearly not everybody's cup of, er... coffee. Many were able to place its
origin as Indonesian -- a smaller number recognized it as a Sumatra.
Perhaps the cupping order again played some role in confusing the matter.
Maybe the prescribed roast [just few snaps into second] doesn't
really bring out the very best of this bean.
Nevertheless, while some greeted this coffee like an old friend, others
were quite happy to move on to the next cup, as evidenced by the fairly
flat average -- representing cupping results that were, literally, all
over the map.
"Lovely, deep-toned coffee. Cups (and looks) like a Sumatran,
semi-washed, I think."
"Nice aroma; dull taste."
"Earthy,woody, tastes of "old book smell."
"...not acid enough for a vac pot."
"...boring, slightly sweet (malty) taste."