Cameroon Mifi Java Longberry

Mifi Java Longberry has a straight-forward, sugar in the raw, sweetness at City/City+, and shows subtle fruit notes as it cools. Black tea flavor and mouthfeel add allusion to acidity in this rather low acid cup. Dark roasts have chocolate flavors and roast complexity. City to Full City. SO espresso.

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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.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Varietal Java
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Grade One
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.
Organic No
Farm Gate No
Recommended for Espresso Yes