medium-body with subtle acidity and great sweetness.
Sulawesi sits in the middle of Indonesia’s Malay archipelago, on the western side are the Tana Toraja mountains - the area with the highest altitude for coffee cultivation. This is a rare example of a traceable coffee; produced by 30 small holders, based around the village of Sulotco Bolokan, the coffee was processed using the traditional Giling-Basah or wet-hulled method.
Region - Tana Toraja
Varietal - S795
Process - Semi Washed, also known as wet hulling, referred to locally as Giling-Basah.
Toraja is a rare example of a traceable Sulawesi coffee, produced by a group of 30 small holders who have been farming for many generations. Coffee is grown using organic fertiliser from livestock, with shade provided by lamtoro and dadap trees.
Each farmer's household has a small mechanical de-pulper that they use to process cherry coffee into wet parchment before delivering to the village of Sulotco Bolokan, where the coffee is processed using the traditional Giling-Basah or wet-hulled method.
We’ve always purchased our Indonesian coffee from Sumatra but this lot proves that when Sulawesi coffee is sourced with care and attention - and a lot is not simply a mix of good and bad coffees (which is often the case in this region) - it really can be the best of Indonesia in our opinion.
There are still lots of old coffee varieties planted here, and the altitudes where coffee is grown at are the highest in Indonesia.