Coffee Reviews

Sumatra Kerinci – Sway Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Sumatra Kirinci - Sway Coffee Roasters

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Sumatra Kerinci
  • Roaster
    Sway Coffee Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Estimated Price
    $17.00 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Fruit forward, balanced, full bodied
  • Process
    Honey
  • Country
    Indonesia
  • Region
    Sumatra
  • Roast
    Medium
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, AeroPress
  • Roast Date
    July 31, 2020
  • Review Date
    August 17, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
8.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Nice flavor complexity
  • Medium roast brings out nice depth and richness in the coffee

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

My preconceived ideas of what a Sumatra coffee is and can be have changed in the last few months with coffees from High Bank and Quills. This Sumatra from Sway Coffee is the third one of the year I’ve tried and is from the same region as the Quills Sumatra, creating a fun comparison between the two.

This Sumatran coffee begins with a rich and surprisingly sweet aroma where I smelled notes of citrus, vanilla and chocolate. It had a robust, full body that was supported by the medium roast (a bit darker than either of the other two light-roasted Sumatrans I tried earlier this summer). In the flavor I tasted notes of citrus, dark chocolate and subtle baking spices. The acidity was balanced and not overly pronounced. There was a citrus-toned sweetness that presented itself more as the coffee cooled. The complexity was also a thing of beauty. There were many layers to the flavor—many of which I had a hard time even identifying—that added to the depth and complexity of the coffee.

The Bottom Line

Sumatra Kerinci from Sway Coffee joins the ranks of the other two excellent Sumatran coffees I’ve tried this summer. Its complexity in flavor was striking and its slightly darker roast gave it an extremely rich body that I truly enjoyed.

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