This is produced by the Masama tribe of ethnic Torajans in Sulawesi. Similar to coffees from neighboring Sumatra, the Sulawesi has better complexity and unique flavor qualities.
Sulawesi is an island in Indonesia formerly called the Celebes. Sulawesi is geologically ancient dating back more than one million years resulting in soil with a high iron content thought to affect the coffee flavor. Sulawesi coffees are known to display nutty or warm spice notes and are clean and sound in the cup. Most Sulawesi coffee is grown by small farmers. They have a great respect for tradition that can be found in the way they process their coffee. All arabica coffee in Indonesia is picked by hand.
Tasting notes: Earthy, spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, full body.
Coffee Review just scored this coffee at 91 in their June review. Here is what they had to say:
Blind Assessment: Crisp, earthy chocolate (or chocolaty earth) dominates aroma and flavor, complicated by tart passion fruit and hints of vanilla and musk. Rounded, gently vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich though drying finish.
Who Should Drink It: A classic wet-hulled profile of the kind traditionally associated with Sumatra and Sulawesi. Here the famous Indonesia earth notes are crisp and almost graham-cracker-like, rather than lush and humus-like as in some versions of this type. At any rate, a good choice for those who enjoy exploring some of the engaging variations on the Indonesia earth-toned wet-hulled cup.
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