Raspberry, butterscotch, silky, vibrant.
Altitude: 1,400 – 1,600m
Cupping Score: 86
Washed coffees from Sulawesi are quite rare. Whilst there are other Indonesian islands like Timor and Java undertaking wet processing, Sulawesi coffee has traditionally been processed with the Giling-Basah method, or wet-hulled – the same process as the majority of coffees from Sumatra. From 1605 until World War II, Sulawesi was controlled and influenced by the Netherlands. During this period, the Dutch East India Company was in control of coffee production in Indonesia and introduced coffee to the Sulawesi island in 1750. It wasn’t until 1976 when TOARCO, a Japanese-Indonesian joint-venture, introduced Sulawesi to the traditional washed-process, similar to Central America.
As well as owning their own Pedamaran Plantation at 900 – 1,250 m, TOARCO also purchases wet-parchment from small producers in the area at 1,200 – 1,800m. Coffee is trucked to Pedamaran Plantation immediately where it is is dried on patios at their mill facilities. To be able to sell their coffee to TOARCO, producers need to go through a certification process which sets out requirements for selective-picking, storage, transportation, moisture levels and more. Farmers are issued ID cards that allow them to sell their coffee at various purchasing points in the Tana Toraja region during the market of the week.
This particular coffee comes from small producers in the higher altitude areas. This particular lot is a S795 Typica hybrid varietal. This contributes to the coffee’s unique taste profile. A lot of Indonesia grows the Robusta-Arabica varietal, Catimor, which is a very high yielding, disease resistance crop, however often doesn’t cup to the level of other varietals. This is a testament to the producers in Tana Toraja remaining dedicated to producing high quality coffees despite the potential for higher yields with other varietals.
You may have noticed that we have stopped labelling some coffees as “Filter Roast Profile”. We felt that our previous labelling of microlots did not do justice to our coffees and what we think they are capable of. We want you to feel free to use the coffee any way you like. Read more here.
Whole Beans, Drip Filter, Espresso, Plunger, Stovetop