Delicious, balanced drinking coffee, cocoa nibs, almond milk, bittering spice and natural sugar sweetness. Acidity is quietly present, lively. City+ to Full City. Great espresso.
|Region||Wolo Bobo, Bajawa|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Covered Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||S795, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Manu Lalu comes from a town of the same name, located at the highest point of the Wolo Bobo hill. It's actually the high rim of a crater, the result of an ancient eruption that happened over 10,000 years ago. This lot is a product of a coordinated effort between a group of coffee cooperative managers and an intermediary we're working with in the region to identify, separate, and evaluate coffees from farms from the higher elevations (1400+ meters above sea level). These mountain peak areas are referred to as "Wolo"s, the main mountains being Wowomuda, Lobotbutu, and the active volcano, Babomuda. 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. 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.
Check out our Behmor roast blog for Manu Lalu
This Manu Lalu coop coffee is a very delicious and balanced drinking coffee. The lighter roast has cocoa nibs, almond milk, traces of bittering spice balanced by mild natural sugar (turbinado for example). Just a little more roast development, City+, amplifies the cocoa bittersweet notes whilst almondy nut remains paired to the chocolate bittersweetness through the finish. Body is dense, but not overwhelmingly heavy. The acidity is quietly present, doing it's job to give the coffee some liveliness on the palate, but it's tucked away behind the more dominate chocolate roast notes. It's not fruity or earthy as other Indo coffees can be, just extremely balanced and easy to drink. Espresso alert - tasting this brewed makes me think its going to be an amazing SO shot (check out our Behmor espresso roast blog post of this coffee).