THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Sorghum syrup sweetness along with subtle fruit notes. Cools to a chocolate-covered macadamia nut flavor, and lasting bittersweetness. Immense body. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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This offering represents a very small lot from a project in the Enrekang area of Sulawesi. It's a region just south of Tana Toraja in Sulawesi Seletan, and boasts some very high altitudes. This lot is from the village of Liang Bai, an area that is both beautiful and remote: to get to the coffee lands your choices are by foot, mule or motorcycle. It lies just over the hill from Bone Bone village, another coffee region we are buying from. This is a washed coffee, and a much "cleaner" representation from the region than the rustic wet-hulled coffees produced.
The smells of the ground coffee have an interesting mix of malt powder, burned sugars, and tea biscuit. Closer to Full City roasts produce more fruited cocoa appeal, especially in the wet grounds, with a scent of wild berry dark chocolate, and hints of molasses in the steam. The cup flavors echo the aroma, with strength in raw sugar smells. At City the profile is weighted heavily on sugar/nut flavors, even some puffed rice. In my opinion, this is too light a roast, not fully realizing this coffee's potential sweetness. The middle roasts are where it shows best, nearing Full City offering subtle fruit tones, with a finish of cacao nib, and sorghum syrup. As it cools, the flavor settles into a likeness of chocolate-covered macadamia nut. This makes a great single origin espresso, viscous body, lots of bittersweet cocoa and cookie/grain flavor.