With a big full body, Sumatra Mandheling is frequently described as syrupy. Despite a subdued acidity, the tastes are complex and intense, and a chocolate sweet flavor often holds smoky or earthy undertones. Notes of licorice may also be present.
Region: Sumatra Mandheling
Body: Heavy, Buttery
Notes: Dark Chocolate, Licorice, Spices, Cedar, Molasses
Acidity is the brightness that coffee offers. Some palates register this as sour or tangy. Some delight in its fruity complexities.
Alternatively, boldness can taste rich and bittersweet like dark chocolate. Some palates register this as heavy or smoky. Some delight in its rich, spicy caramelized sugars.
Balanced coffees will have a nice mixture of both attributes so that one does not overpower the other. It will be the most complex in flavor, giving you the sweetest flavors. It will give you a nutty depth and spice of a dark roast with a gentler acidity to round out the flavors of the coffee.