|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2018 Arrival|
|Cultivar Detail||Typica, S795|
|Appearance||.5 d/300gr, 17-19 screen; a few partial quakers found in 300 grams roasted coffee|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+ - impressive sweetness at a wide roast range|
The "Saleko", a name for the blue eyed, black and white spotted buffalo, is one of the most prized buffalos used for traditional burial ritual in Sulawesi. The highly valued beast is used in this case to denote a high quality blend of coffees from small producers who belong to a local cooperative in a small town in Northern Toraja, a group made up of nearly 2000 farmer members across 8 sub-districts. That's a large group to say the least, and they've been divided into 87 smaller sub groups in order to streamline processing and quality separation. The group facilitates sales of wet parchment to the famed Toarco group as well as export on their own, and this year have shifted into mostly producing their own coffee, affording farmer members a higher premium. This lot is from one of the higher elevation zones, farms starting at 1800 meters above sea level, and topping out at 2100 meters. This lot is fully wet processed, and sun dried in covered drying rooms. Most farmers grow Typica as well as 795, and older Typica hybrid. The bean size is roughly 17 to 19 screen, which is about the size of a Kenya AA. Being Typica, the seed is elongated and somewhat narrow in comparison to most Caturras or Bourbons. I found it to roast relatively easily in the Quest M3s I use, and being a dense coffee, it responded well to high heat all the way up to the 1st crack. On the Quest you can slow the roast slightly by increasing airflow, which I normally do, but didn't need to with this coffee as the sound of 1st crack wasn't violent or too rapid. A great option for those who's roasters don't have manual heat settings, as there's little worry of the roast getting away from you.
Seleko is a versatile coffee in the roaster, light roasts harnessing balanced bittersweetness and a light citrus effervesence, more developed roasts buiding a solid core of bittering chocolate roast tone. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness come through in the ground coffee of both City and City+ roasts, Full City giving off more pungent burned sweet qualities. Aromatically speaking, the wetted coffee has a cooked caramel smell that reminds me of caramel corn, a little malty too like the smell of Cracker Jacks. Wet-processed Sulawesi coffees can have convincing acidity, and this Saleko lot delivers in that category. A light citrus vibrance sparkles in light roasting, and is in no way puckering, adding just enough effervesence to the dense caramel and cocoa bittersweetness that follows. The interplay of sweet and bittering tones is balanced, and this along with big body, and the soft acidity, this Sulawesi finds pairity with a clean Central American coffee rather than most other Indonesian coffees we carry. Full City and Full City+ roasts really bring out the bittersweet cocoa roast tones. I took one roast to just shy of 2nd crack and was impressed by the decadent chocolate notes, and a finish marked by flavors of dark cocoa wafers, and high % cacao bar.