Another wet-process Java, producing a rare cleanliness from this part of the coffee-producing world. Restrained bittersweetness, tart to tannic fruit notes, a blend of black walnut and bittering cocoa. City to Full City.
Java Buan Rongkup is from our latest container of Javas, all purchased through a group working heavily in the Sunda region (West Java). You probably know this from our other Java descriptions, but this year's focus was setting up catchments in the higher elevations, buying coffee from farms at the mountain peaks. It's a quality-focused initiative, and lots are kept separate by village in order to capture regional distinction. This is one of the smaller lots of the year, 18 bags, and will only be offered in up-to 5 LB increments.
Buan Rongkup has a fragrance that reminds me of sweet holiday breads, cinnamon spice, wheat, and dried fruits. There are subtle earth tones that blend well with honey and a fig bar smell in the wet grounds, and the break releases a scent of fresh basil. The cup has a toasted caramel flavor, a restrained bittersweetness. There's a tart aspect too, verging on tannic, like the flavor of ripe persimmons. As the cup cools, subtle dried fruit notes come up, along with a flavor of black walnut and cocoa. Balanced bittersweetness fills out a relatively clean finish, a rare experience for Indonesian coffee.