The cup has a bittersweet, balanced chocolate roast tone. It's not as bass-note in character as other Indonesian offerings and has moderate brightness, and fruit essence in the background, emerging more as the cup cools (plum and raisin come to mind). Full City to Full City+.
This coffee is the result of a small-yet-ambitious project, to build a small outpost in the oldest coffee growing region in Java, work with the local farmers, and wet-process the coffee in tiny batches to high standards. It's the work of several people, Eko Purnomowidi who supervised the project, with oversight from Dariusz Lewandowski and support from Edo Gurdian and Uden Banu. Two Indonesians, a Costa Rican and a Pole: all crazy enough to pursue building this small coffee camp. Java Sunda (West Java) was the original coffee area, but you would find very, very few trees here of late. All the coffee is grown in East Java, where all the big estates are. All Java sold in the US is basically East Java coffee. But farmers in Java Sunda always kept small coffee plots, and there was one commodity quality mill near Bandung that would buy coffee (but not for much). Yet here amongst the Ateng and Jember were some old Typica trees, the original Typica! (Java was the first destination for coffee from Yemen, with a stopover in India). This is just the first year of the project, and there was so little coffee we could create only 2 lots. I look forward to the future development of the Java Sunda project as we isolate the cultivars that are blended here (especially the Typica and longberry Kopi Sunda itself) to find more nuances in the cup. All these coffees were meticulously hand sorted, hiring local youths in the area. It drove up the cost of the coffee, but resulted in a better cup, and is in the spirit of this project to improve coffee and community in the area!
This coffee is distinct from other Indonesias, and from the usual West Java coffees. The aromatics are mild, with soft chocolate wafer notes in the dry fragrance, and some malted milk as well. In the Full City roast it reminds me of chocolate-dipped pretzels. The wet aroma has a strong chocolate character as well, a semi-sweet variety, with dark raisin hints. The cup has a bittersweet quality at the recommended roast levels (FC to FC+) that reads as a balanced chocolate roast tone. It's not as bass-note in character as other Indonesian offerings, but I wouldn't dare call it acidic either. It has moderate brightness that only contributes more to it's balance, and fruit essence lurks in the background, emerging more as the cup cools (plum and raisin come to mind). In some ways it has something we called "Island Flavor Profile," a soft and mild character overall, and being that Java is one big Island it makes sense.