Bone-Bone is a thick-bodied cup, with intense rustic sweetness. The profile is complex, with flavors of forest floor/green herb, aromatic wood, apple, and aspics. It has a rice syrup characteristic too, rustic and sweet. City+.
This offering represents a very small lot from a new 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, and spent a wild day traveling the muddy narrow trails to reach the highest coffee plots in the area.
The cup is thick-bodied, and has a intense sweetness. Complex rustic flavors, forest floor notes of herbaceous plants and aromatic wood, are complemented by green apple and sweet spices. The sweetness is characterized by a rice syrup flavor, and pairs with the viscous body, resulting in a long, slowly-disappearing aftertaste. The preparation of this coffee is a little rustic as well, with an occasional broken bean or discoloration in a 300 gram sample. A little pre-roast sorting to remove a couple of these will boost the cup taste. It's a very promising micro-lot, the entire export of the current crop from this small project that really ignited much enthusiasm in the area when we visited before harvest last year.