Bone Bone Kalaciri is a bodied coffee, with best results at City+ and beyond. Flavors of muscovado sugar and brown bread take the lead, with hints of peet and tart berry trailing behind. Showcases a well-balanced base "coffee" flavor. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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 smell of fruit/nut bread. The latter aspect develops into a nice gingerbread scent in the wet grounds, with earthy, "Indo" like traits in the background. The cup profile is fairly mild actually, muscovado sugar sweetness along with a flavor of brown bread. Tart berry and peet comes up as the cup cools, but are relative background noise in comparison to bittersweetness, base coffee characteristics. There's some brightness too in the cup, a characteristic lacking in Indonesian coffees. 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.