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This 2015 crop of Bali comes from the co-op that is the only real choice for Bali coffee right now (fortunately it's a good one and well organized and focused on quality!). You can either buy their harvest as Blue Moon (the wet processed lots) or as Kintamani (the dry processed lots). The Kintamani is complex and fascinating, particularly because you rarely find a natural-processed Indonesian coffee bean. Its flavor includes that of pitted fruits, strawberry jam, chocolate, brandy, and tobacco notes. The smooth taste (low acidity), earthy aftertaste, and thick body stand it apart from what could otherwise be mistaken as an African coffee. Certified organic and Rainforest Alliance and definitely a "responsible" coffee.
This is not a difficult bean to roast as long as you have a head's up on a couple of things. The first cracks are late -- like, a good 15 to 20 degrees late. And even then, they are quieter than most coffee cracking. Hence, it is easy to accidentally underroast this. The lighter roasts are interesting, but is you accidentally pull the coffee out while it's still in the first cracks, all you're going to taste is grass. Let it get out of the first cracks, and you have a coffee that tastes like mokka-java blend -- you have the sweet and fruit contrasted with full body and earthy. Keep roasting...2nd cracks are late too. Let it get about 15 seconds into the 2nd cracks -- try not to be alarmed by how much heat it takes to reach this point... now you have a bean that tastes like Sumatra with smoky, rich flavor, but the initial sip tastes like chocolate covered strawberries.
My favorite way to drink this is to blend this darker roast with a medium roast of our Rwandan bean. The Rwanda hides the earthiness and contributes a soft chocolate sweetness, and the Bali adds the dark roasty notes with the fruity undertones and full body.
If someone offered me a choice of this or Sumatra, I would choose Sumatra most days, but I would drink this once in awhile when I felt like mixing things up. It's fun to see what you get processing an Indonesian coffee as if it were African. The hybrid of the two is both educational and inspiring.
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