Dante Borong is highlighted by earthy syrup flavors, and notes of dried plum and papaya low in the profile. There is an earthiness too, more "Indo" character than some of our other washed Sulawesi coffees. 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 - the first picture is from the village ), 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 smells of the ground coffee have an interesting mix of malt powder, burned sugars, and tea biscuit. Closer to Full City roasts produce more rustic appeal, especially in the wet grounds, with a scent of cut wood, molasses, and a slight tarragon note. The cup flavors echo the aroma, with strength in raw sugar smells. At City the profile is weighted heavily on sugar/nut flavors, even some puffed rice. Whereas a couple shades darker brings about dried plum and papaya, with a finish of sorghum syrup, cacao nib, and a general earthiness. This makes a great single origin espresso, syrupy bodied, lots of bittersweet cocoa and cookie/grain flavor, and surprising brightness.