Indonesia is the second largest producer of robusta in the world after Vietnam and also produces a small but important amount of high quality arabica, with production concentrated in Sumatra and Java. Sumatran coffee has become increasingly valued over the past few years, offering good body coupled with a sweet spicey acidity.
From the most prolific Indonesian coffee producing island, this longberry gives a smooth, mellow, rounded medium strength coffee.
I have been buying Pumphreys coffee for a couple of decades now. I have never found anything better. The Sumatra blend is my absolute favourite. Never found anything to better it. I love it so much that now I have moved away I have it shipped to me. Staff are always helpful and friendly too.
We love to try out different coffee beans from Pumphreys but this is an all time favourite. It is quite delicate to start, with a long rounded smooth flavour that builds up as you work down the cup. Like great artisan wine I reckon coffee should change taste as you work your way down the cup! It also creates a great crema from our bean to cup machine (and is not too oily, something our machine can be a bit temperamental with).
My memory of Sumatran coffee is better than these beans. It has a weak flavour and a side taste which puts me off - (like the Yirgacheffe but less strong) I usually drink Double Roast Santos so I have blended the beans together to use them up (but fear the Yirgacheffe taints that mixing too much! )
My effort to have an alternative to my usual (wonderful) coffee has backfired on me.