It is no secret that the Sumatra region has one of the best coffee. This coffee has been widely used for export and you probably have tried it in other foreign countries, even in Starbucks. Let’s try to explore Starbucks locations in Sumatra! Once visiting Indonesia and especially Sumatra it is a must-have to try local coffee. You can try local Sumatran coffee at Starbucks or at local coffee stores.
Sumatra is a large island in Southeast Asia and it is wonderful for growing Arabica coffee. It,s land is covered with mountain ranges, rivers and lush flora and fauna, all these characters can be tasted in Sumatran coffees. Not to mention that all the flavours influence a coffee’s taste profile. No surprise this coffee ends up in Starbucks all over the world!
Some of the best coffee
Some of the world’s finest premium gourmet coffees are grown in Sumatra and called Mandheling, Ankola, and Lintong. The 3 types of coffee are easily recognized among coffee lovers. Multiple tourists and travellers come across Sumatran jungle and have the opportunity to experience the coffees earthy flavour and unique low acidity.
Sumatra Mandheling coffee
Sumatra Mandheling coffee is one of the most popular coffees in the Padang region and it is named after the north Sumatran Mandailing people. Due to the special harvest and field location, this Sumatran coffee is to be considered one of the world’s top speciality coffees. It is growing at elevations up to 5,000 feet and as low as 2,500 feet above sea level West and Central Sumatra regions in Indonesia.
Sumatra Mandheling coffee captures the true wild jungle essence of this tropical Indonesian island. Coffee is creamy, sweet but a bit syrupy. The real taste is quite complex and intense, the drinker can feel earthy undertones. The coffee is grown without any chemicals or mechanical harvesting machines. It is pure handwork by local Indonesian people that put their heart into the craft.
Where to drink Sumatra coffee?
From multiple visitors, we get a question about where to drink our famous coffee? Maybe you have bought Sumatra coffee in your home country? That is very possible. Sumatra coffee gets widely exported and can be found in large coffee shop chains like Starbucks! But more commonly it is found in small coffee lover stores.
Once in Sumatra, it is impossible to miss Sumatran coffee. Every roadside warung ( local eatery ) can make you a cup of coffee! Note that local Indonesians drink their coffee in a very simple way, pouring hot water over grounded coffee. If you would like to have it made by a coffee maker or a professional barista head to bigger towns and more fancy coffee shops!
Yes, there are few Starbucks in Sumatra, they probably know the best how to make coffee for westerner standards. But it might be quite hard to find one! As they are located just in the larger cities in Sumatra. If you’re in Medan you will have plenty of options, but if you are in Padang you might run short. We have attached a map with all the Starbucks Sumatra! Let me know if we miss any!
If Starbucks is not in Sumatras part your in, go local! Try craft how the local people drink it! Coffe can unite and drive nice conversations even if you do not speak any local language! Looking for experienced coffee drinkers or just want to visit local coffee farms in Sumatra? as for us for guidance!