Java Sunda Kamojang is a great drinking coffee, with dried fruit and complex sugar nuances. Sorghum syrup, golden raisin, walnut, and malic acidity highlight a City+ cup, and the cooling coffee builds bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. City+ to Full City+.
Kamojang is the name of the area where this coffee was collected, not far from Garut. Well, "Kamojang" itself is actually a crater on Mount Guntur, and this coffee is from a local village there, collected by a group we've worked with the past few years in West Java ("Sunda"). This year they are focusing their efforts on villages located around the various peaks in the region, gaining access to many high elevation coffees. It's a quality-focused initiative, and not only is the coffee from the different areas kept separate, but the deliveries are processed in small batches in order to isolate different quality levels. Unlike much of Indonesia, where wet-hulling is the main processing style, Java has a washed-coffee tradition, and the resulting cups are often more reminiscent of Latin American coffee than Indonesian. Patuha produced a decent volume of high quality coffee this year, and this lot represents 50 bags in total.
The dry fragrance has a nice malt and molasses sugar scent to it, caramel-sweet in City+ roasts. It's a "clean" smelling coffee - little-to-no rustic quality you might expect from an Indonesian coffee - and adding hot water boosts the level of caramel in aroma, shifting toward toasted sugar when breaking through the wet crust. These Sunda coffees make really nice drinking coffee, this lot with nuanced fruit and sugar complexity. The sweetness is like sorghum syrup, and notes of golden raisin and walnut are tied together with malic/apple brightness. Cocoa notes gain definition as the cup cools, and a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor fills out the long aftertaste.