Indonesian Washed Sulawesi - Toarco Jaya A
New crop of the Toarco just arrived! One of our favorite non traditional Indos!
Just about as unique as you can get for a Sulawesi - Thick and creamy but the flavor profile is very far from your average semi-washed Indonesian cup.
For years, this coffee was only available in Japan, as the estate is owned by
the Japanese roaster Key Coffee. In recent years they have made it available
to us. Established in 1976, this plantation has been undertaking a fully washed process that is unlike anything else produced in Asia. After the
harvest, the cherry is stripped off by a mechanical de-pulper and the
parchment is allowed to ferment overnight, with no water added. The next
morning, the parchment is thoroughly rinsed in tile lined channels and laid
out to sun dry. Every parcel is cupped five times between the patio drying
and the final bagging. The plantation has a total of 530 hectares, and 300
hectares are planted.
Crisp tones, slight citrus note with an aromatic hints of a light fruit tone, full bodied, sweet and clean this is a stronger of a coffee! Just a bit of the classic Indo earthiness, I might link this coffee closer to an exotic Colombian than an Indo (which is way cool). Very nice rich chocolate tones just add to the mix of delicate flavors present in this cup. A slight smokey aftertaste can be picked up at the darker roast points. This is a must try for anyone who likes a real full bodied complex cup of joe!
We enjoyed this Sulawesi at a darker roast, still nicely complex and balanced. Darker roast will promote that very thick and creamy cup but will mute most of the brightness which is pretty cool to have in the flavor profile.
|Indonesian Washed Sulawesi - Toarco Jaya A
1 Lb bag
Burman Price - $7.25
Sale Price - $6.75
Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa
New 15/16 Crop!
Always excited for this coffee to arrive - each year is different but equally as stellar - higher acidity this year, much sweeter and very chocolaty.
Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land.
Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill. More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award.
The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.
The aroma is soft and has subtle notes of dried fruit, vanilla, dried oats, and salted mixed nuts. The flavor is complex. It has a medium body and silky feel on the tongue. Initially the flavors are very fine and pleasant light notes of dried figs, plums, and vanilla wafers. As this coffee glides past your tongue and you’ll get an explosion of dried apricots, cocoa powder and some boozy rum-like notes. The finish is slightly dry and lingers just enough to have you greedily reaching for another sip.
I would avoid the lighter roast points, a little acidic and grassy tasting - the silky body starts to hit at a medium roast and the darker fruit and cocoa really start to hit right before second crack. I tend to roast it a bit slower to increase the body and darker tones while still roasting before the second crack.
Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa
1 Lb bag
Burman Price - $6.85
Sale Price - $6.35