Sumatra Honey Basah Jernih Jaya

This unique hybrid process technic constructs a complex fruited cup: rice syrup sweetness, berry, cooked pineapple, dried papaya, canned stone fruit and an herbal overlay that adds a Lintong-like hue. City to Full City.

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  • Process Method Other Processes
  • Cultivar Typica Types, Modern Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Jernih Jaya Village
Processing Honey and Giling Basah Processes
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date December 2018 Arrival
Lot size 30
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Ateng, Jember, Typica
Grade 1
Appearance .8 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate

So what the heck is "Honey Basah"? Okay, maybe it's a lazy attempt on our part to describe a fairly complex process method. But more importantly, it's a hybrid coffee processing technic that takes a little bit of honey processing, and a little bit of the giling basah method, traditional in Sumatra. First, the outer cherry skin is removed from the coffee but leaving the fruit intact to the seed for the first phase of drying. This is typical honey processing and tends to impart fruited notes as well as bolster body. The coffee is dried to approximately 50% moisture content at which time it is then wet hulled (giling basah). This means the fruit and parchment are both peeled from the seed while the coffee is still wet, and the still wet coffee is laid to dry the rest of the way. This step of the process is what constructs the earth-toned flavors we tend to associate with Sumatra, and certainly what popularized the coffees from this region. But here we have a unique hybrid process that brings out the best of both worlds. A cup that is fruit-forward and sweet, big bodied and low toned, and complex through and through. This coffee comes from a cooperative near Jernih Jaya village, a higher elevation coffee zone by Mount Kerinci. The cooperative are incorporating all sorts of processing technics and this year we've managed to pick up wet-hulled, fully washed/fermented, honey, honey/giling basah and dry process too (the latter coming this Summer). The farms in this area are planted in older Typica types, and benefit from the high slopes, situated between 1400 - 1500 meters above sea level.

Honey and Giling Basah processing technics both have their own unique affect on a cup profile, and with this lot, you're able to taste the best of both world. The aroma shows a range of fruited smells from tropical to stone fruit, with a heady palm sugar sweet smell just below the surface. The cup continues on this route with a rustic brown rice syrup flavor that lingers in the aftertaste and is accompanied by a lovely red berry flavor. The cooling coffee has an interesting herbal overlay too that gives off a Lintong-like flavor characteristic, as well as sweet fruited notes like cooked pineapple, dried papaya, and canned stone fruit. Jernih Jaya is big-bodied and the finishing flavors are complex and show a mixture of stewed fruit and mild earth-toned sweetness. A unique flavor profile produced from this unique, hybrid of processing technics. A first for us and we hope to have more from this group by late Summer.