Waja Mala has a bran muffin aspect in aroma, with flavors of turbinado sugar, walnut, cinnamon stick, a subtle earth tone, and the bittersweetness of flourless chocolate torte. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2021 Arrival|
|Bag size||30 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Timor Hybrid, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This coffee called "Waja Mala" is from the Kagho Masa coffee farmer's cooperative in Duka Village. "Gunung" translates roughly to "peak" or "hill", which in the case of Waja Mala, is one of the higher elevations in this volcanic region. The cooperative is run by Marselina Walu, whose role as coffee farmer and licensed Q-grader has made her into a community leader. Much of the kinship groups in these areas are matrilineal, with land being passed through women. But women still face difficulty being put in roles of leadership, something that Marselina has set out to change in her community, evidenced by her placing women in all roles of leadership at the cooperative, also making up a majority of cooperative membership. Most of the coffees are processed on hand cranked or motorized depulping machines on the farm, fermentation in buckets or small tanks, and then drying on raised drying beds. Because of the nutrient rich soils, they are able to grow coffee using fully organic farm practices, though they are not certified at this time.
The dry fragrance has a muted bran muffin smell at City+ roast level, like brown sugar sweetened baked goods. Pouring the hot water brings on a much more bittersweet side of Waja Mala, still with the dark sweetness too, but also some bittering chocolate in my darker Full City roast on the break. Waja Mala brews well at a wide range of roasts too. City+ roasts bring out raw sugar sweetness that has a flavor of turbinado sugar, and flanked by a walnut note that adds both a sweet nut tone and slight bittering walnut skin mouthfeel. Deeper roasting really brings the bittersweetness to a climax, and I would bet Waja Mala's sweetness will withstand 2nd snaps too. For me, Full City is a nice stopping point and makes a real "crowd pleasing" cup, bittersweet flavors of flourless chocolate torte, cinnamon stick, and a subtle earth tone in aroma.