Waja Mala has a bran muffin aspect in aroma, with flavors of turbinado sugar, walnut, raisin and the bittersweetness of flourless chocolate torte. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||S795, Typica|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
This coffee called "Waja Mala" is from a small cooperative near the village of Rada Bata. "Gunung" translates roughly to "peak" or "hill", which in the case of Waja Mala, is one of the higher elevations in this volcanic region. They're part of a coordinated effort to unite coffee growers from neighboring villages in a coffee farmers cooperative, whom we've been introduced to through an intermediary working in the region. Much of the kinship groups in these areas are matrilineal, with land being passed through women. Because of this, you see a lot more women in leadership positions at the farm and cooperative levels. This is an all female-run coop and we were introduced to their coffee through a Q-grader we're working with in the region, who also happens to have a leadership role at this coop in Waja Mala. 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 bran muffin smell at City+ roast level, like honey-sweet baked goods, and with a ginger powder accent. Pouring the hot water brings on a much more bittersweet side of Waja Mala, still with the dark sweetness too, but along with bittering cocoa powder and malted cocoa on the break. Waja Mala brews well at a wide range of roasts too. City and City+ 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 brings bittersweetness to its climax though developing all the way to 2nd cracks will usher in ashy/bittering tones that tend to obfuscate sweetness. Full City is a nice stopping point, and has that bitter-to-sweet flavor that you find in flourless chocolate torte, and a subtle raisin note comes into view in the finish.