Flores is small by island standards, just about 360 kilometers end to end. It is in the Indonesian archipelago, between Sumbawa and Timor islands.
The name Flores is an abbreviation of "Cabo de Flores"; a name used by Portuguese sailors in the 17th century to identify the cape on the eastern end of the islands because of its underwater gardens. Divided by mountain chains and volcanoes, the island is populated by ethnic groups with their own traditions and languages. Flores is one island among others that forms the political province called East Nusa Tenggara, a part of Indonesia.
We've traveled through the Bajawa and Manggarai areas of Flores several times to meet the farmer cooperatives that supply us. While they are experimenting with honey/pulp natural coffees and other processes, we like the wet-process Flores flavor profile most.
The farmers are increasingly focused on better picking and processing, resulting in ever increasing cup quality! It has the potential to be a clean, sweet cup, with good syrupy body, and a clean taste overall.
You can read more about the way we source Flores coffee, and link to our videos and travelogues, on our Flores Coffee Library page.