Carob chip, baking cocoa, malted milk powder, roasted barley and a long, chocolate-laden finish. Brisk tea-like mouthfeel when roasted to C+. Great as-is and fantastic blend base! City+ to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Region||Sumatra, Flores, Timor Leste|
|Processing||Wet Hulled (Giling Basah), Wet Processed (Washed), then SWP Decaf|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||December 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Ateng, Jember, Tim Tim|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen - expect some broken beans from the decaf process|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
"Nusantara" is an old Javanese term that means the "outer islands", in reference to part of the Indonesian archipalego. While it was originally a bit more limited in which islands were included, it is now commonly used to refer to the entire chain of Indonesian islands. We are using this name for a blend of Indonesian coffees we sourced directly, reserving small quantities of each for a custom Swiss Water decaf. Nusantara includes washed coffees from the islands of Timor Leste and Sulawesi, as well as a wet hulled Sumatran coffee. Together, they construct a chocolate-laden decaf that is best roasted in the middle, City+ to Full City roast range. This is where it shows peak chocolate characteristics while retaining a nicely developed sweetness to balance the cup. Fantastic dual-use decaf that also makes a great base blending ingredient. Try 1:1 with Ethiopia Organic Limu SWP DP Decaf (click here for Coffee Shrub) for a Moka Java blend. This decaf was processed at the Swiss Water Decaf plant where their patented chemical-free, decaffeination process is employed using only water to remove 99.9% of the caffeine content.
Nusantara is a balanced coffee that offers convincing chocolate roast flavors and a mild sweetness at medium roast levels. We included a good chunk of Sumatra giling basah in the blend, which post-decaf, may be pointed to as lending body to this decaf blend, but herbal/earthy tones are nowhere to be found. The fragrance and aroma have a malted milk powder smell, carob chips, baking cocoa and roasted grain. I cupped this next to a few other decafs and was surprised by the acidity at City+. This isn't bright like Kenya, but brisk tea-like mouthfeel offered a stark contrast to the other decafs on the table. Medium roasts have baking cocoa powder bittersweetness, barley tea, big body and a long, chocolate-laden finish. It's what we like to call a "daily drinking" decaf that should have wide appeal to those looking for a non-caffeinated alternative. It will function really well as a chocolatey espresso, and hefty bass notes and body will hold up to milk. Right now we have a really nice Ethiopia dry process decaf from Limu Kossa farm as well, which I'm betting will make a fantastic Moka Java blend with Nusantara (try 1:1 and go from there).