Most of our regulars would know Donnie who is our Senior Roaster or as his boss would say his ‘wingman’ (so topgun!). We sent Donnie off to join some other like minded coffee hunters to get a first hand look at the state of coffee production in Bali, Indonesia.
Donnie cupped up some coffees with that locals and by all reports that there are some real standouts. The main varietal is typica (this is the base from which many coffee varietals have been developed. Like the other Coffea Arabica varietals that have been developed from it, Typica coffee plants have a conical shape with a main vertical trunk and secondary verticals that grow at a slight slant. Typica is a tall plant reaching 3.5 – 4 m in height. The lateral branches form 50-70° angles with the vertical stem. Typica coffee has a very low production, but has an excellent cup quality). What was evident was a real focus on specialty coffee and some real initiatives being undertaken with both government and privately funded pilot schemes.
One of the major benefits we find in getting to meet the growers is that we can build our relationships for future Direct Trade opportunities. These opportunities are both mutually beneficial and creates a greater connective process from bean to cup.