Sumatra Tano Batak

Sumatra Tano Batak Microlot

Variety: Bergendal and Jember varietals
Region: Lintong near South Lake Toba
Co-op: Klasik Beans Cooperative
Farm: Small Farmers
Altitude: 1400 - 1550 m asl
Process: Wet Hulled


Red fruits, lime, gooseberry, fresh tobacco flavours. Creamy, well balanced, medium – heavy body.

Tano Batak is an Olam Specialty Coffee premium brand. This Tano Batak coffee comes from the Lintong region near South Lake Toba in Sumatra. At 1,400 to 1,550 masl, this region has the highest coffee growing altitudes in North Sumatra. Olam Specialty Coffee works with six collectors that buy coffee directly from small farmers and in weekly village markets. Given the exceptional quality of these coffees, each lot is processed separately as a microlot. 

Tano Batak - Socially Responsible, Hand Crafted Coffee

Located at the south-eastern end of the famous Lake Toba, Lintong and Dolok Sanggul are the core areas in this region. This place is a most remarkable coffee origin.

 The harvest season is September - December and February - May. Lately however, climate change has shown its impact and the harvest period and yields have been disturbed. A recent drought has brought the problems of berry borer and other diseases to the coffee. All these combine to make it even more difficult to maintain the top quality. During such difficult times, the efforts of Olam's dedicated quality team and hand pickers ensure that they maintain the high standards of quality. This is what Olam likes to call handcrafted coffee, considering the intensive manual care that goes into it.

In batak traditional culture, women are in charge. Women take care of the farms, harvest the cherries, process and then bring the produce to the market. The collectors at the market, called 'Pajuar' are also women. Men are involved in the hulling and drying activities. This is truly a coffee that brings empowerment to the women; it is indeed a socially responsible, handcrafted coffee.

Olam Specialty Coffee works directly with the Klasik Beans Cooperative. Klasik Beans has longterm relationships with the farmers in the region. Olam sources only the finest single origin coffees and the prices paid to the farmers rewards quality and ensures social & environmental sustainability. Olam re-invests their profit to further improve the quality at the farmer’s level. Through a microlot project of coffee seedlings in the region they work to ensure a consistent cup profile quality over the long term. Olam offers full benefits to their employees.