First up in the Temple Coffee & Tea samplings is the Sumatra Tarbarita Peaberry. This coffee offering was purchased through the Lintongnihuta market, in the village of Lintongnihuta, which is in Northern Sumatra.
Upon opening up the bag, I was greeted with these tiny peaberry’s that were roasted to a nice medium finish (aren’t they cute?):
After grinding them, I was hit with a promising and pungent sweet yet tart aroma, with a hint of cacao hidden in the background. Upon adding the beans to the French press and beginning the brew process, the aroma became even stronger. It was a sharp, clean, and sweet aroma. Nice bloom in the press pot, too.
When the coffee was poured, you could see the rich caramel brown color.
Now for my favorite part – the tasting! Upon first sip I was immediately hit with the sweet and tart flavors that were predominant in the aroma. Temple describes them as “ruby red grapefruit”, and I have to say they are absolutely on point with that. The cup definitely has a marked acidity, almost a bite to it, but it’s really pleasant. The cacao notes that were slightly present in the aroma weren’t noticed upon first sipping the coffee, but upon swallowing the cacao is definitely there – adding a smooth finish to a bright and lively coffee.
Overall, this coffee was full of character and has my recommendation. Next up – Guatemala Hunapu Lot #2.