With the shorter days, cold nights, and cool mornings, we often find richer and fuller coffees to have extra attraction compared to their lighter and brighter counterparts. As summer fades into fall our bodies begin to prepare for winter. To embrace that cycle, we’ve brought on a couple new varieties for fall along with a wet-processed Ethiopea because they are just so dang good.
The first, which we do have available now, is rich, earthy Sumatra- Sumatra Lintong Opung James to be exact. Sumatra’s are pretty typically earthy and this one is no exception in that area- notes of brown sugar, tobacco, earth, and smokey chocolate. This particular coffee is unique in that it is wet-hulled.
The following information on the farm is taken from Coffee Shrub, our supplier for this bean: Opung James is a coffee collector in the Lintong Nihota area. “Opung” is the kinship used to indicate grandmother of the eldest son – in this case, grandmother of James. She’s a coffee collector, a middle-person in the coffee trade in Sumatra, and instrumental in the quality of the coffee that results from the supply chain. Aside from cooperative coffees and a few large farms, all the coffee in Indonesia passes through the hands of collectors, who provide ready cash to the small farmers who want immediate payment on a weekly basis. In other words, you can’t work directly with the small farmers in Sumatra, nor do they want to work direct with a buyer because they are looking for ready cash. The collectors provide this function and because of the competition among collectors, the price paid to farmers remains high, even when the global market dips. It’s all about local relationships. Opung James is able to buy wet parchment directly from farmers rather than at the local open-air markets, where traceability is practically non-existent. This coffee is part of the Farm Gate pricing program.