Story of Mandheling Coffee in Sumatra

Mandheling coffee is renowned in the world of specialty coffee and named after the Mandheling people that traditionally farmed & processed the coffee beans in Northern Sumatra, and it is one of the common four types of Sumatra coffee.

In WWII, a Japanese military man stationed in Sumatra is said to have asked a local Sumatran where his coffee originated, but the Sumatran man mistakenly thought he was being asked about his origin and replied “Mandheling”. Later, word spread to Japan, and then the name stuck and has become a generic name for the low acid, complex body coffee produced in North Sumatra as merchants began inquiring about the purchase of Mandheling coffee from Sumatra.

Mandheling coffee plants are grown organically in the high altitude mountain with volcanic soil, which is very fertile. Most of this coffee derives from smallholder production, involving long processing and marketing chains stretching from the mountains of North Sumatra and Aceh to the Port of Medan. Rising demand for this internationally renowned specialty coffee has resulted in increasing quality and consistency issues.


Mandheling Coffee Characteristics:

  • Earthy taste and low acidity
  • Deep, smooth and rich in flavour
  • Herbal aroma