Bell Lane Coffee Roaster

Sumatra - Wahana Estate 250g

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Producer: Wahana Graha Makmurca

Altitude: 1250 - 1400 masl

Variety: Longberry

Process: Natural

Tasting Notes: Guava, papaya, intense, heavy, yet creamy fruit notes well balanced with milk chocolate flavours. Complex yet crisp.

Wahana Estate meaning “Vessels for Great Success” is the first single varietal and speciality estate located in Sumatra. The Estate itself was established in 2005 and currently extends across 468 hectares, 250 of which are given over to growing coffee, with a further 30 hectares to a nursery.  Longberry is a varietal that (likely) has its roots back in the Ethiopian Hararr varietal that often produced longer narrow shaped beans stemming from a mutation of the typica variety traditionally found. It is one of the varietals Wahana have tried to establish in their work on selecting new and suitable varietals to adapt to growth in Sumatra. The estate also provides free housing, water and electricity to the 1,000 workers it employs, as well as providing a free health centre on-site, kindergarten, and nursery.

The cherries are picked fully ripe and then brought to the patios where they are sorted and dried for 48 hours before being mechanically dried from then on. The humidity in the air during drying times requires close attention to detail, which a mechanical drier can operate better than patios in this instance. Once dried, beans are hulled and prepared for export.