Sumatra Wahana Rasuna Natural
Producer: Hybrido de Timor and Caturra, Indonesia, Sumatra Estate
Tasting Notes: Banana, Caramelised, Strawberry
Wahana Estate meaning “Vessels for Great Success” is the first single varietal and speciality estate located in Sumatra. The Estate itself was established in 2005, and currently extends across 468 hectares, 250 of which are given over to growing coffee, with a further 30 hectares to a nursery.
From an initial concentration on the Rasuna and Longberry varietals, the estate has moved to a more diverse offering comprising local varietals such as Andong Sari, Jember, and Jantung, as well as more recognisable ones such as Villa Sarchi, Colombia, and Catuai. These are all kept separated throughout the process, enabling future production of microlots.
The estate also provides free housing, water and electricity to the 1,000 workers it employs, as well as there being a free health centre on site, kindergarten, and nursery.
The Rasuna varietal is a crossing between Catimor, which was widely found across Indonesia (and itself is a cross between Hybrido de Timor and Caturra), and Typica. Catmiors did well, but suffered a remarkable drop off in yield after 10 years, a problem not present in Typica, which was low yielding but had a much longer lifespan. The crossing of these has managed to keep the best of both, and is found across 45% of the farm, as well as being used as a control varietal on the farm when comparing against newer varietal introductions