Sumatra Mandheling is one of my absolute favorite coffees. It has unsurpassed body with just the right amount (low) of acidity. It is heavy-bodied without being overbearing. I would (and have) describe this coffee as rich and syrupy.
It is interesting that when I observe this coffee before roasting – the dirtier it looks – I know the better it will taste. Usually a coffee is graded as much on its looks (defects, color etc) as it is its size or its flavor/aroma in the cup – however this coffee should be evaluated heavily by its “cup” quality! The latest shipment was just received from Royal Coffee (the importers from whom we buy). Its bag marks are: 15/1442/03 – and I think this is going to be my favorite! It is so dirty and fabolous in the cup!!
I can’t wait until tomorrow morning – I will be first in line for a cup of “dirty” Sumatra!!!