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Sulawesi Toraja

March 5, 2008
Bob

This coffee was roasted in a PID'd Sirocco "fluid bed" hot air roaster and was cupped blind against other coffees including a control sample. After cupping, it was tasted as a brewed coffee and espresso extraction. For more information on my sample roaster and method, see our reference page.

Sulawesi coffee comes from one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia (formerly Celebes, the Dutch colonial name for the island) and is grown in the Toraja growing district (formerly Kalossi) in southwestern Sulawesi. This island boasts many exotic natural features and some animal species found nowhere else is the world. For example the largest native mammal in Sulawesi is the dwarf buffalo. How many of us have ever seen a dwarf buffalo? What does all this have to do with coffee? Not much, except that the Island's unique features extend to its coffees and to this coffee as well. The coffees grown here are unique, even in Indonesia and are an almost exaggerated version of typical Indonesian coffee.

This coffee, semi-washed and sun dried, is true to its type; slightly earthy, heavy-bodied and syrupy, smooth with adequate sweetness, low acidity and pungent with exotic flavors. It has bread, butter and fruit aromas, confirmed in the cup, with nuts, plums, herbs and spice rounding out the profile.

If you want a really super "Mokajava" blend, mix this coffee 50% with your Yemen or Harrar for a real treat.

This Sulawesi is also very good as a single origin espresso, but don't roast it too dark - maybe just to the verge of 2nd crack to avoid killing the fruit flavors and introducing unwanted ashiness.

Dry Fragrance: 4.3
Wet Aroma: 4.2
Flavor: 7.6
Finish: 7.4
Acidity: 7.0
Body: 8.1
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 88.6

  • Lighter Roasts: This is the best way to enjoy this coffee, brewing it in a French press, vac-pot or by the drip method.
  • Darker Roasts: Not too dark please.
  • As Espresso: Very pleasant, complex straight shot if not over-roasted.

 

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