This is a fresh and complex Java that has much more personality than most beans we see from there. Preanger is part of the Pangalengan district in West Java and they have been improving and growing for several years, now even supporting a local school and becoming as environmentally friendly as possible and helping the neighborhood families. These beans grow high in the mountains at about 4000 foot altitude and has deep volcanic lava soil which is a recipe for great beans. It is rare to find a Java that has complexity, so this one is pretty exciting. At a medium roast (just barely into 2nd cracks) you will taste grapefruit and tangerine and tobacco and chocolate and a lot of sweetness and full bodied mouthfeel. There's also hints of cranberry, malt, and oak. In darker roasts (15 or so seconds into 2nd cracks) the flavor flattens out and it's not as interesting, but you still get good mouthfeel and sweetness and tobacco notes. Let the smoke mingle with the beans as it roasts and you can bring out some spicy smoky characteristics.
Java tends to make great espresso or add depth to an espresso blend, and this one is no exception.
Java is great for blending in general, adding body to anything you blend it with. It also the first choice roasters turn to when Sumatran prices are high, because you can blend Java into Sumatra and cut your cost without hurting the taste.
You can French Roast this coffee as well, getting it all nice and shiny with oils but without the bitterness and ashy flavors that most origins would carry.
US Arrival: December 2020