This offering represents a very small lot from a project in the Enrekang area of Sulawesi. It's a region just south of Tana Toraja in Sulawesi Seletan, and boasts some very high altitudes. The central village in this area is Bone-Bone (they say Bo-nay Bo-nay), a remarkable little town with the distinction of being voted the "Best Village in Sulawesi". Why? Because the council and mayor banned the sale of cigarettes and junk food snacks in the town! In Indonesia, adolescent smoking is a big problem, and Bone-Bone would have none of it. The area is beautiful and remote: to get to the coffee lands your choices are by foot, mule or motorcycle. We chose the latter (check out the "steed" in the first pic), and spent a wild day traveling the muddy narrow trails to reach the highest coffee plots in the area.
The dry fragrance has a rustic, sorghum-syrup sweetness, along with a spiced sugar scent like toast with cinnamon and sugar. The latter aspect develops into a nice gingerbread scent in the wet grounds, with an earthy, smokey sort of chickory root aspect in deeper roasts. The cup profile has a clean brightness to it, with muscovado sugar sweetness fully on display in City+ to Full CIty roasts. There is a grain quality that in these middle roasts pairs well with cacao-like bittersweetness and a subtle baking spice notes too, but at City roast is much too prominent in the cup. Look for subtle dark fruit tones and roasted almond in the aftertaste. At City+ and beyond it's a bodied brewed coffee, and darker roast levels work well for espresso - try adding a small amount to a base of Brazil for a fairly "classic" espresso blend.