Medium/Dark

Voyage Coffee Roasters

Sumatra

Dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blueberry.

The distinct, sharp fragrance of this organic coffee carries fruit notes, especially blueberry, while flavors of spice, dark chocolate, and vanilla lend a very mocha-ish feel to the cup. Complex but still smooth and chocolaty, with low acidity and full body, this offering is a sensory experience.

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Country
Indonesia
Region
Sumatra, Aceh
Farm
Ateutamount Cooperative
Farmer
1500 smallholder farmers
Elevation
1550m
Process
Washed Process

Meet 1500 smallholder farmers

This grade 1 organic coffee comes to us from the 1800-member Ateutamount Coop. Altogether, members cultivate an approximate 2000 hectares of coffee, and CSR projects help provide farmers with basic food and pocket money, build better roads, and improve crop transport.

The distinct Sumatran flavor profile of this offering comes from the traditional Indonesian wet-hulled processing method, Giling Basah. Farmers strip the skin off the freshly picked coffee cherries, leave them to sit for a day or overnight. then wash the beans and dry them with mucilage clinging to the parchment. At 40-50% moisture content, a stage called “gabah,” the coffee is then sold to processors, dried to 25-35% moisture, then wet-hulled. The resulting swollen, whitish beans are called “kopi labu”, or “pumpkin coffee.” “Asalan,”the final export-ready stage is a characteristic opal-green and contains 11-14% moisture.

Sumatra, Aceh, Indonesia

Though not native to the islands of Indonesia,coffee 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.

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 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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Location
Eugene, OR
Contact
Email
541-525-0721

Voyage Coffee Roasters

Voyage Coffee Roasters was birthed in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, in 2012 when Scott Van Den Elzen decided to take his home roasting hobby to the Willamette Valley and his daughter, Jessamyn, decided to join him. Four years later, they are still going strong, and the rest of the family—Gabriel, Peace, Ryland and Alyssa—pitch in with packaging, deliveries, sales, ideas, and anything else that needs doing!

Roast Master Scott focuses on small batches of outstanding coffees roasted on the dark side, both blends and single origins. He's so committed to bringing his family's enjoyment of coffee to each of his customers that Voyage offers both a medium and a dark roast of each coffee.

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