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    Sumatran Lintong

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    Hi All,

    I know you dont see this coffee around all that much but when the top grades are available, it usually out performs the best Mandheling varieties around at the same time. Might be worth keeping an eye for some..... maybe :-??

    Notes from Sweet Marias for the last crop.....
    Oh joy ...this coffee smells so good while roasting, it smells so good green too! I dont mean to wax poetics, but I love all those smells when they converge: sweet tropical flowers, trees honeyed with sap, moist earth. While Lintong is a premium Mandheling, it ironically is not all that attractive in appearance. I was a little disappointed with the preparation when I saw it. It does not have the darker, bluer appearance as we sometimes see, hence the name Blue Lintong. Yes, this IS Blue Lintong, but it seemed ironic to me to call it blue when its not, so well just call it Lintong for now. Anyway I am not what they call an "eye-cupper" in the trade ...you CANNOT know the cup quality of a coffee by looking at the appearance of the green, and you shouldnt do that either: odd looking coffees sometimes have the best cup! And you dont drink coffee with your eyeballs. So I put it up against the other excellent Sumatras from this year and I loved it! Its a sweeter in the aroma, with a candy apple character, and fruitier, brighter Sumatra, as opposed to the earthier tongue-grabbing pruney ones. Theres an aromatic woodyness in the lighter roast that is very pleasant, somewhat sandalwood, and a hint of almond oils. Of course it has a full, rich, oily body and great depth. In fact, most of the flavors in a Sumatra are not in the aromatic and volatile chlorogenic acids (Sumatra has low measurable quantities of acids) but in the soluble solids that give a sense of heavy body/mouthfeel, and in the fats/lipids. You sense these flavors in the back of the mouth, in the oily, waxy soluble solids.

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: Sumatran Lintong

    Ive got nothing against a good Lintong, but I think that theres a danger in being overly reliant on Toms cupping notes. Remember that Tom cups his way through a whole heap of different batches of the same stuff and often his comments are that one batch stood out from all the others.

    Andy did a great job sourcing the last batch of Mandheling. It can be really variable in quality and he seems to have found a grade one that actually is a grade one!

    ... bring on the Lintong ... just cup it first ;P

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Sumatran Lintong

    Quote Originally Posted by luca link=1143035962/0#1 date=1143068807
    Andy did a great job sourcing the last batch of Mandheling. It can be really variable in quality and he seems to have found a grade one that actually is a grade one!

    ... bring on the Lintong ... just cup it first ;P

    Cheers,

    Luca
    Absolutely Luca,

    I support Andy 110% and also appreciate Toms (Sweet Maria) perspective with regard to his cupping notes. The only reason I havent bought any current Mandheling is that I still have about 3Kgs left from a previous poll and rather than replace it with another, I would like to give a good Lintong a go.... sound fair? And naturally, it goes without saying around here that no new bean varieties are tried blind, only the best will ever do 8-),

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: Sumatran Lintong

    Lintong was my first cs purchase, got all excited and bought 10kgs of the stuff. Started drinking it as a SO but as my palate developed I only used it blends as a "kicker bean", it was big, thick and robust, not unlike drinking a pint of guiness. I quickly came to appreciate more subtle blends.

    I recall from discussions at the time it was recommended by HAB as a worthy alternative to Mandehlling but after the event many regarded this as less than true.

    Ive no idea if this was a good, poor or average lintong but it does refinforce the importance of cupping and not relyng on others recommendations.

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    Re: Sumatran Lintong

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauricem link=1143035962/0#3 date=1143153344
    Started drinking it as a SO but as my palate developed I only used it blends as a "kicker bean", it was big, thick and robust, not unlike drinking a pint of guiness.
    Exactly,

    Just what Im looking for ;),

    Mal.



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