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Old Soul Co.

Sumatra, Gayo “Adsenia” Triple Pick

Fudge, plum, molasses.

Subtle fudge pairs with flavor notes of plum preserves, cola, and molasses in this mellow, nuanced cup. Sweet red grapefruit acidity and syrupy body complement a satiny mouthfeel and clean profile that commanded notice on the cupping table and continues to deliver.

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Country
Indonesia
Region
Takengon Highlands, Aceh Province
Farm
Ketiara Co-Op
Elevation
1600m
Variety
Caturra

Ketiara Co-Op

This Sumatra Gayo “Adsenia” is sourced from single family farms who are organized around the Ketiara Co-Op and Processing Mill in the Takengon Highlands. All of the farmers belong to the Gayonese ethnic group and practice coffee cultivation methods that have been passed down for generations. A high percentage of the farmers, particularly those from the most remote regions and villages in the area are widows who have lost their husbands to decades of sporadic conflict.

This lot was “triple Picked,” a process by which coffee cherries are hand sorted three times during the harvest and processing stages to eliminate defects and unripe cherries. Typically, this is done only once, sometimes twice, but the result is an unusually clean cup of coffee.

Takengon Highlands, Aceh Province, Indonesia

Coffee, though not native to the islands of Indonesia, was brought by Dutch settlers of the 17th century. Reliable rainfall, the cool temperatures of the highlands, and the fertile volcanic soils have enabled the country to become the third-largest coffee producer in the world, exporting 9.7 million bags in 2014.

Making Sumatran coffees available to the specialty coffee world has been not without recent struggle. Civil war raged from the late 1990’s to 2004, forcing many coffee farmers to abandon their coffee gardens. Only after the December 2004 earthquake (measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale) and the resulting tsunami which inflicted severe damage and hardship in the country did the powers that be sign a peace accord, and farmers—or their widows—could return to grow coffee on their little farms. Innovation in coffee processing and traceability is slowly happening in Sumatra and will improve the lives of all who count on coffee for their primary income.

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Sacramento, CA
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916-475-6192

Old Soul Co.

Started by Tim Jordan and Jason Griest in an obscure alley in Sacramento in 2006, Old Soul Co. has grown rapidly but still enthusiastically shares the same vision ten years later: "celebrate the artisan aspects of bread baking and coffee roasting and dedicate ourselves to getting better at our crafts everyday!"

Old Soul's coffee sourcing practices set them apart: owner Jason Griest travels to as many of the farms growing Old Soul's coffees as possible. In Sacramento, Old Soul is deeply involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. The roasting company has received many 90+ and "Best Of" awards over the past years.

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