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Indonesia Nusantara SWP Decaf

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.

$7.10
In stock
86.5
  • Process Method Water Process Decaf
  • Cultivar Typica Types, Modern Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
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
Lot size 52
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Ateng, Jember, Tim Tim
Grade Grade 1
Appearance .8 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen - expect some broken beans from the decaf process
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City
Type Farm Gate
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).