Herbaceous aroma is offset by prune-like fruited flavor, rustic brown rice syrup sweetness, hints of red fruit, bell pepper, cedar aroma, and a horehound candy, herbal-sweet finish. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Bandung Highlands, West Java Sunda|
|Processing||Wet Hulled (Giling Basah)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr; 15+ screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
"Mitra" means "partners" in Javanese, and the name used by the folks at Frinsa Estate to denote that the coffees making up this blend are from small neighboring farmers that they partner with rather than their own estate. Frinsa Estate is a family run farm and export company in the Bandung highlands region of West Java. The farm was set up in 2011 and planted in mostly Ateng types, a Catimor commonly planted in Indonesia. The neighboring farmers are growing a mix of the same cultivar types and altitude ranges from 1300 to 1600 meters above sea level. While they do wet processed coffees at Frinsa as well, this is a wet hulled, "giling basah", coffee which tends to produce bodied, low acid, and earth-toned coffee. 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.
When it comes to coffee processing technics influencing a coffee's cup profile, wet hulling yields fairly consistent results. The levels of sweetness, cleanliness, acidity, etc will vary depending on processing conditions, but wet hulling almost certainly produces rustic sweetness, massive body, and intense herbal and earth tones. That's an accurate general description of this Java, and there's a lot more to find in this complex coffee depending on how dark it's roasted. At City+, the cup is shows nice intensity that will win over fans of Sumatran coffees. An herbaceous aroma is offset by prune-like fruited flavor and rustic brown rice syrup sweetness. There are red fruit, plum, bell pepper and a sort of cedar aromatic note that reminds me of a cigar humidor. The finish is tannic and with mountain berry hints has a wine-like influence on aftertaste. Full City roasts have cacao and carbon flavors, more of the plum/prune character, and a horehound candy, herbal-sweet finish.