Cameroon is an oddball in the Specialty Coffee terms. For starters, this is West African coffee, not East African like most other arabica offerings such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda. And a large percentage of Cameroon's coffee has traditionally been robusta, grown in all provinces except the north, while arabica is mainly produced in the high altitudes of the west, northwest, and east. The western highlands of Cameroon, where much of the coffee is grown, averages about 5,000 feet above sea level and has two distinct seasons, the rainy season and dry season, which benefits quality arabica. This lot is from the CAPLAMI Cooperative in Mifi region of Western Province. CAPLAMI has over 2500 members, altitudes ranging from 1300 to 1800 meters. It is an unusual longberry Java cultivar, and cup qualities bear some resemblance to Indonesian character, but this one has many distinct differences too.
The dry grounds of this Java Longberry are quite sweet, buttery and caramel, with a note that reminds me of honey glaze. Darker roasts build more of a rustic appeal, sorghum and aromatic woods. With hot water, the steam brings up a culmination of pumpkin pie spice and sweet grass (not 'grassy', but more in the floral end of the spectrum), and Full City shows roast tones and black currant sweetness. The cup has up-front sweetness, and City/City+ roasts show a bit of sugar in the raw and an apricot note. This is a low acid cup, but the flavor and mouthfeel of black tea give a slightly different perception. At Full City there's a rich chocolate flavor, dark fruits, and a bit of roast complexity. A nice option for those looking for lower acidity African coffee, as well as a unique opportunity to try a great example of coffee from an area often overlooked.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Arrival date||July 2014 Arrival|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 14+ Screen (some small beans will fall through grid drum roasters)|
|Intensity/Prime attribute||Medium-Bold Intensity/Caramelizing sugar, low acid, mild fruit, cocoa|
|Region||Mifi, Western Province, Cameroon|
|Roast||City to City+ is nice for any sort of complexity; our Full City roast showed big sweetness, lower acid, and more roast tones.|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|