Indonesia l Wahana Longberry l Grade 1
|North Sumatra Province
|Wahana Estate, Sidikalang
|Fully Washed & Sun Dried
Notes: Brown Sugar, Almond biscotti, Tobacco
Note: 2013 Wahana Estate once had an exotic flavor of banana in the milk base coffee. What a prize!
The Longberry variety is named after its appearance, which is long and thin in comparison with other coffee varieties. It is thought to have originated from Ethiopia due to its similarity to Longberry Harrar, a natural mutation of the Typica variety.
In Indonesia, Longberry was initially associated only with Aceh; however, several years ago, Wahana Estate brought the coffee to the Lake Toba area as one of Wahana’s experimental varieties.
About Wahana Estate:
Wahana Estate, which was established by our milling partner in 2005, is the only large, private coffee estate of its kind on the island. It is situated between 1,300 to 1,500 metres in the village of Lae Mungkur, in the Sidikalang district of North Sumatra – an area famous for its coffee due to its ideal climatic conditions, including the highest levels of rainfall in the Lake Toba region.
Wahana Graha Makmur means “Vessels for Great Success”. Accordingly, the Estate’s mission is more than just to produce high quality coffee themselves. They are also committed to improving coffee quality for farmers throughout the region. As an experimental farm, one of their aims is to find varietals that are well-suited to the region’s climate. The estate has established a farmers’ support center which distributes coffee seeds - free of charge - and offers information and advice on farm management, distribution of shade trees, and use of organic fertilizer. Wahana also processes hand-picked, ripe cherries for small growers in the surrounding region.
al employer with nearly 1000 workers, whose families have the use of an on-site health clinic. Staff are provided with free housing, electricity, drinking water, healthcare, free medicine as well as kindergarten and nursery for young children. The estate has also built a church and small mosque inside the farm’s grounds, promoting religious freedom. In support of the estate’s social efforts, Mercanta has recently sponsored the purchase of computers for schools in the surrounding area, which many of the workers’ children attend.