Surprising acidity for the origin and velvety chocolate flavors are easily developed. Chocolate-macadamia, Nutella, cocoa covered raisin and a lemon twist. City to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Region||Pangalengan, Bandung, Sunda (West Java)|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed and Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Typica, Sigarar Utang|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The Frinsa Estate is a family run farm and export company in the Pangalengan, Bandung highlands region of West Java. This part of West Java is widely planted with tea, but is also the first region growing coffee after being brought over by Dutch colonists. Arabica was mostly wiped out during a leaf rust outbreak in 1880, but Robusta has been continual. The Frinsa farm was set up in 2011 and planted in mostly Sigarar Utang, a Catimor commonly planted in Indonesia, but also have some older Typica. Altitude ranges from 1300 to 1600 meters above sea level and they're producing both fully washed and wet hulled process types. This is the fully-washed, or wet-processed as it's most commonly referred to. Frinsa Estate has their own wet mill, dry mill and warehouse storage facilities and able to monitor quality control from the initial cherry harvesting all the way down to sorting defects from processed green beans. The temperature in this area is on the cold side and coffee is first dried on raised drying beds for a few days before being moved to cement drying patios where it dries the rest of the way.
The dry fragrance has a Brazil nut smell when roasted to City+, along with toffee-like sweetness and cinnamon bark. Adding hot water raises brown sugar and baking cocoa smells that have a 'toasted' characteristic at Full City hinting at bittersweet roast tone. The cup is very chocolatey at City+, even more so at Full City, with an unexpected lemon/citrus twist. Middle roasts offer flavors of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, Nutella spread, roasted cacao nibs, raisin and a black tea with lemon accent that helps to underscore Frinsa's moderate acidity level. Full City roasts show impressive sweetness, drawing out dark chocolate bar flavors in the middle and long finish. Espresso alert: this washed lot from Frinsa makes an absolutely killer shot, weaving a web of chocolate roast flavors that lead to a deliciously bittersweet shot with a slight lemony tang.