City+ roasts of Parigi have a nice sorghum and molasses sweetness, roasted almond tones, and a sweet tarragon/herbaceous quality. Clarity, cleanliness, and flavors of the likes of apple and cinnamon, make this a unique washed Indonesian coffee. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
This coffee is a regional blend from the mountain of Parigi. This year we have access to small lots from villages surrounding different mountain peaks in West Java ("Gunung refers to the very top of the mountain). The intermediary we are doing business with works closely with local farmers in West Java, wet-processing coffee in small 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. 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 in Bandung and Jakarta. 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 sixth year of this project for us, and the first time we are seeing small blended lots from these regions.
Parigi is defined by dark sugar sweetness, roasted nut, and fresh green herbal hints. The dry fragrance has a sweet foresty accent, along with a deep sense of molasses sugar. Hot water brings on a caramel candy appeal and breaking the crust produces an earthy quality to the sugar notes, sorghum and molasses, and a roasted almond touch in the steam. A City+ brewed cup shows body like you'd expect from Indo coffee, inky and thick, and flavors of dark sugar and fresh tarragon show in the hot cup. The herbaceous quality found in the cup is very Indo-like (though less intense), along with lower acidity, and flashes of aromatic cedar. But the cup is divergent from other Indos with atypical cup clarity, and unique cleanliness (put in context with, say, a dry-hulled coffee), along with top notes of apple and pear. The finish of City+ and Full City roasts shows great balance of sweet/bittersweet chocolate flavors and a note of cinnamon stick in the aftertaste. These washed Javas work great as single origin espresso too, dark sugar and candied nut tones much more Central American in espresso character.