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Sulawesi Toraja

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The coffee was packed in a GrainPro bag at origin, which is essentially a sealed plastic bag inside the burlap bag, and when I slice it open, the aroma of fresh green coffee blasts my nose, and the beans are as fresh and blue as I ever see beans look.  It’s the autumn 2015 crop, but it will keep for a couple years if you protect it from humidity.  Sapan Minanga has long been recognized as the premium coffee grown on the island of  Sulawesi. This subregion of Toraja only produces about 60,000 bags per year.

Every lot of Sulawesi is a little different, but this co-op is consistently good.  It scored a 90 the last time it was rated on CoffeeReview.  At Full City+ you get a full bodied coffee with mild spice, some pipe tobacco, brown sugar, and dark chocolate and fairly clean aftertaste.  Very nice.  As you go farther into the 2nd cracks, you enhance the spice (think hints of black pepper and cloves) and get more of a molasses sweetness with the pipe tobacco.  It is a pleasant coffee, and we were very happy with this year's crop, and it the coffee we are choosing to drink for enjoyment currently.  I take it 25 seconds into the rolling second cracks, and it is remarkably good as a manual pourover and also as a french pressed coffee!  It is very much like a Sumatra, but slightly cleaner, more complex (interesting), smoother (low acid), spicier, and sweeter (not as much of a cedar/oak/wood taste as a Sumatra).  Of course you can electric brew it as well, and it's still a really enjoyable mug of coffee.  A lot of times Sulawesi is bitter in dark roasts, but this lot is not bitter at any level.  You can take it 60 seconds into the rolling 2nd cracks (and hopefully not set your garage on fire) to produce a nice oily Italian roast that tastes super dark without the carbon/ash notes.  It is my favorite bean choice for Italian roast coffee.  

 

Importer notes:

Indonesia Sulawesi Toraja Sapan Minanga
Altitude: 1300 meters
Process: Semi-washed
Varieties: Catimor, Bourbon
Harvest: August - October
Cupping Notes: chocolate, berry, herbaceous, consistent, big body, clean, white grape, sweet aftertaste

(disclaimer:  we do not taste chocolate or berry or white grape, and while the coffee is clean compared to other Indonesians, it is not what we would necessarily label a "clean tasting" coffee.  however, these notes are provided because apparently, you can roast these beans in various ways and produce various results).

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