We tasted a dramatic difference between the light and dark roasts. The lighter roast had a wide range of sweetness from butterscotch to chocolate syrup. The mouth feel was buttery, heavy. Oaked wine came to mind with sweetness as it was saturated and big. The Full City roast had a great dark fruit flavor, like blackberry, accented by bittersweet chocolate sweetness and walnut finish. Full City to Full City+.
The Java Sunda coffee is the result of a project in the oldest coffee-growing region in Java, working with the local farmers, and wet-processing the coffee in tiny batches to high standards. Java Sunda (West Java) was the original coffee area, but you would find few trees here of late. Most Java coffee is grown in the East, where the big estates are. Most Java sold in the US is basically East Java coffee. But farmers in Java Sunda always kept small coffee plots, although they mainly grown rice, onions, cabbage, carrots and other food crops for local markets. Here amongst the Ateng and Jember coffees are some old Typica trees, the original Typica, which is quite amazing. (Java was the first destination for coffee from Yemen, with a stopover in India). This is the fourth year of the project, and we are starting to see better separation of regional lots. Ambet Kasih is named for is a Sundanese queen, who married Prince Jayadewata and saved him from a delusional illness so he could claim the throne of the Kingdom and bring peace and prosperity. The coffee originates from the small farms in the hills near to Bandung, is wet-processed in the traditional way locally and then dry-milled on the outskirts of this large city.
Ambet Kasih is most definitely Indonesian in profile but in the cleanest sense of the term. The fragrance is full of sweet dried fruits like mango and apricot. Honey, tamarind, burnt sugar also permeate the dry grounds. The break shows darker fruit notes like blackberry along with fresh cut cedar. We tasted a dramatic difference between the City and Full City roasts. The lighter roast had a wide range of sweetness from butterscotch to chocolate syrup. The mouth feel was buttery, heavy. Oaked wine came to mind with sweetness as it was saturated and just big. The Full City roast had a great dark fruit flavor, like blackberry and was accented by bittersweet chocolate sweetness and walnut finish. Although Ambet Kasih has the slight herbal and sweet wood notes common in a lot of Indonesian coffees it has so much more to offer at both roast levels.