Welcome back to our favorite farm to cup journey; our once-monthly blog installment on specially sourced coffees from a particular region. Today, we’ll introduce you to our new Indonesian coffee offering, FTO Sumatra Takengon. This single origin spotlight will be a little different because you’ve got a head start on this origin. We are returning to the Oceanic Island of Sumatra, a place on the map that our regular readers know a little bit about already.

 

Bukit Barisan Mountain Range 

Sitting at the Western end of Indonesia is the largest of the 17,000 islands in the archipelago, Sumatra. Studded with over 30 active volcanoes, the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range runs right through the island. Its slopes are covered with tropical rainforest that experience little to no weather variation during its wet and dry seasons. Once teeming with a diverse array of plant and animal wildlife, Sumatra’s communities of fauna and flora are facing a crisis: much of the rainforest has been lost to deforestation, species across the island are threatened with extinction, and air pollution creates hazardous conditions for both the human and animal populations of the island. Many groups are trying to combat these dangerous conditions, and the Arisarina Cooperative that produced our new Sumatran coffee offering, plays an important role. Their mission is to continually improve the quality of coffee coming from the Gayo Highlands in the Aceh Region, while also continually pursuing improved standards of conservation. Their strongest enforced principle is the cultivation of shade trees at each coffee plantation—helping to assuage the constant increase in deforestation. The beautiful coffees from this region, like the one we are about to introduce, depend on these efforts to preserve the region’s ability to cultivate the coffee plant.

FTO Sumatra Takengon

Our new coffee is called FTO Sumatra Takengon, and it is a fair-trade, organic coffee. Keffa is the importer that sourced us this coffee from the town of Takengon, in the Aceh region. It was processed using an Indonesian processing method where the parchment-incased coffee is milled before it dries. Read our last Sumatra Single Origin Spotlight here for more information on this style of processing coffee. Grown between 1400 and 1700 masl, and consisting of plant varieties known as Catimor, Typica, and Tim Tim, this coffee has notes of chocolate, caramel, and mulling spices. We hope you love this coffee as much as we do, and if you grab a bag of it, we’ve got the perfect brewing guide to accompany your end-of-summer adventures. See below for a recipe using the Aeropress To-Go, our favorite brewing method for single origin coffees when we’re camping, hiking, biking, or anywhere outside!

  1. Assemble your Aeropress by placing and wetting a paper filter in the filter holder and attach to the barrel of the brewer. Set the brewer on your favorite mug.
  2. Add in 1 heaping scoop of coffee (12g)—you’ll want to use a finer grind than you would for drips and pourovers.
  3. Add 195–200-degree (10 or so seconds off the boil) water up to the “3” mark on your Aeropress (200g), making sure to wet all of the coffee grinds.
  4. Place the plunger gently on top (don’t press down yet!) and let the coffee steep for 2 minutes.
  5. Swirl your Aeropress, and then begin pressing on your plunger. Once the coffee is fully drained, you can enjoy it!

Sumatra Tiger Cold Brew

If you are a lover of Indonesian coffees, you may be concerned about a beloved coffee we’ve had on our shelves for years: Sumatra Harimau Tiger. While we hate to see it go, we’re offering the remaining batches as our newest Single Origin Cold Brew. As the latter half of the Tallahassee summer swelters on, grab a half gallon of our Sumatra Tiger Cold Brew -- it's your last chance to enjoy this special offering!

Until Next Time,
Lucky Goat Coffee

August 16, 2022