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Java Blawan Government Estate

June 28, 2005
Bob Yellin

This coffee was cupped blind, side-by-side with three coffees from other origins. The coffee was roasted to just beyond city level and rested for about 24 hours prior to cupping. For more information on my roaster and method, see our reference page.

There are a number of government-run coffee estates in Java, six, I believe, and the more well-known among them are Blawan. Pancur, Djampit and Kayumas. I cupped some Pancur earlier this year and found it to be quite mediocre. As with some other origins, good Java has been difficult to find this year. This coffee is the best Java to come along, so far.

It has the qualities I like in a good Java; low acidity, heavy body, excellent balance, an interesting peanuty/spicy nuance and a hint of dark chocolate in the finish. I found it to be surprisingly clean for a Java and it blended perfectly with a Sidamo/Harrar combo to produce a really tasty Mocha/Java-style drink. Though I did not roast it into 2nd crack, I would imagine that a darker roast would produce even more body, sweetness and chocolate (if that's what you're looking for).

If you like a brewed coffee that is full bodied with just a bit of spice, try this one as a French press, as I did. A straight shot espresso was a bit lifeless and the milk in the cappuccino I tried buried this coffee's best qualities.

Dry Fragrance: 4.0
Wet Aroma: 4.1
Flavor: 7.9
Finish: 7.8
Acidity: 7.1
Body: 7.8
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50) 88.7

  • Lighter Roasts: Spicy with hints of chocolate .
  • Darker Roasts: Not tried but recommended only if blended with a high-toned coffee.
  • As Espresso: Too heavy and dull by itself.

 

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