First time I’ve tried a natural from Sumatra. Better at the lighter end for me. Not quite a fruit bomb, I would put this somewhere in the middle for a natural, in terms of fruity notes. I didn’t have much success taking this past City+ range, as I found the fruit drops off and roast bitterness takes over quickly. Possibly this is due to my roast method (small batch air roasts, which progress quickly). My better roasts were 1:00 to 1:30 development time and 11 – 13% weight loss. (By 14-15% loss, fruit was faint and started tasting like a regular Sumatra). Fruit was more obvious in the dry and wet grounds, but this had a nice fruity and sweet taste too. Some light roasts were tropical and juicy, another was more fruity and creamy, like strawberry milkshake or strawberry nesquik. Overall surprise is how clean it is for a Sumatra. It still had a little earthy character but not too strong, maybe like an oolong tea, or maybe a little dried straw. Also, the natural process is obvious but not over-the-top. I was expecting something overly fermenty or boozy for some reason, but this is a fairly balanced natural. The price would be high for most naturals from typical origins, but I suppose this is a bit of a novelty. Given the humidity of Sumatra, to pull off a natural like this probably took extra time, materials, and energy.
Indonesia Sumatra Ribang Gayo Natural - Green
This is the most complex cup that I have found to date. The rumcake flavor comes through as a dominate note. I received this in my first mailing with my coffee subscription and was blown away with uniqueness and full flavor of this bean. It will be a great day when this bean becomes available again.