Scott, the owner and roaster of Fundamental, has traveled to this region over 10 times to source beans: this is a man who knows his coffees. Bold and beautiful, with rich flavor, great body, and just a little spice: this deep, dark Sumatran roast is a total catch. It may be love at first sip... don't say we didn't warn you.
This coffee hails from the “Mandheling” area of North Sumatra. This coffee is thick, herbaceous, syrupy, and fantastic. After multiple cuppings, we’ve finally found the best! There's nothing like a Sumatra in the cup: it's our favorite origin. Our goal is to roast you a coffee that showcases why Indonesian coffees, and specifically Sumatrans like this one, are the true heavyweights of the single origin world.
"This is a great coffee if you like bold, dark roasts. Thick, earthy, and syrupy definitely apply here though I don't get a lot of the herbal or spice notes that are mentioned in the description. This is a good "eye opener" coffee." (4 out of 5)
"Sumatra is my favorite roast, this by far is the best blend I have tasted for my morning coffee. The earthy flavors make this great for an every day cup of coffee. I had my family visiting over the weekend, each morning they had this coffee and loved it!" (5 out of 5)
"This was the perfect winter coffee, I'd make it first thing in the morning (hand ground, french press). Wonderfully smooth, smokey flavor and lovely to just sit and sip while reading the trades." (5 out of 5)
"This coffee is wonderfully smooth, and I found it very sweet and not bitter. Absolutely wonderful robust flavor. Definitely one of my favorite coffees." (5 out of 5)
"We felt it was very bitter for an espresso, it tasted better as an espresso americano but we still couldn't taste the flavor notes" (2 out of 5)
"The first time we tried it, I think we used too many beans; it was good, but just slightly bitter. This morning I used fewer beans and water that wasn't quite as hot—and I do believe I just drank A PERFECT CUP!!!" (5 out of 5)
"Janet - so happy you figured out the right ratio! It's a very bold cup, and a real delight. One of our favorite dark earthy roasts...."
"Dark, Dark, Dark! I do love a dark roast! And I am such a fan of Sumatran coffee!! Thank you Fundamental Coffee!!" (4 out of 5)
"This was very dark, even for my preference for expressos. I ended up adding sweetened condensed milk, which helped offset some of the bitterness." (4 out of 5)
"Wasnt too big a fan. A little too dark and couldnt make the flavor notes as much. " (3 out of 5)
"I enjoyed this coffee, especially the spice, but it was a little too dark for me and did not mix well with milk." (3 out of 5)
"A dark blend that gives you a full-mouth, syrupy sensation on the tongue. A solid Sumatran roast." (4 out of 5)
"This dark roast brews very dark compared to other Fundamental roasts. The flavor profile isn't overly complex but is good as a once in a while coffee for me. I prefer the Stemwinder blend from Fundamental much more. " (3 out of 5)
"I'm generally not a fan of dark roasts (and did not realize this was one, in fact), but this Sumatran made me think. It's still not something I will drink on a daily basis, but once in a while I do feel like something nutty and chocolaty, and this it for sure. Very rich, very smooth, quite tasty." (4 out of 5)