If you've been keeping up with our blog this summer, you've learned a little bit about the origins of coffee. If not, go check our our post on the discovery of coffee by some goats in Ethiopia. That'll help you get caught up.
We left off with coffee being cultivated on the Arabian peninsula. Because there was so much money to be made, Arabian planters prevented the berries from being exported unless they had been processed to prevent future germination. They didn't want anyone planting coffee in other areas and stealing their market. Unfortunately for them, there were thousands of pilgrims visiting holy sites and then returning to their homelands. Legend has it that Baba Budan, a pilgrim from southern India, was able to smuggle some coffee berries back to his home, successfully planting the first coffee in India in the seventeenth century.
Those who paid attention in World History class may notice that we're talking about a period of time that involved a great deal of exploration and colonization. Around the same time that pilgrims were smuggling coffee into India, researchers in Holland, Germany, and Italy were studying coffee cultivation and trade. After an unsuccessful attempt at growing coffee in Europe in 1670 (it just won't work - we'll talk about it later), the Dutch decided to plant some trees in their colony at Java. They took some plants from India (descendants of those smuggled from Arabia), and planted them. Those plants were eventually lost to earthquakes and flooding, but the next attempt succeeded. The Dutch had brought coffee to their Indonesian colonies and taken a lead over other European countries in the coffee game. Some plant samples were sent back to Amsterdam and then spread to other botanical gardens around Europe for study. One of those plants was given to Louis XIV of France, and it became pretty important later on. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
In today's coffee world, this is all pretty important stuff. The cultivation of coffee in Southeast Asia really changed the game, and Indonesian coffees in particular are still highly sought after. Coffees from Java were so prized that the island eventually became synonymous with a cup of coffee. If you have tried our seasonal Mokamba Java blend, you know how good those coffees are.
Because of the high quality and fantastic flavor that Indonesian coffees offer, we here at Cups always have one as a standard offering. We've recently changed it up a bit, and we're now offering a Sumatran coffee from the Lintong District. Because of the traditional processing methods used in Indonesia, many Sumatran coffees are roasted slightly darker than other origin coffees. Our Sumatra Lintong is no exception. It has a bold and smooth body with earthy flavors of sweet tobacco and a little kick of smokiness.
Sumatra Lintong is now in the lineup with our other standard offerings, so you should be able to find it at your local Cups Cafe. If you're dying to try it, ask your barista to make you a manual brew. If you're a fan of smoky earthy goodness, you won't be disappointed.
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