Welcome to April 2021’s coffee origin fellow Cuppers!
Indonesian coffees are known for their earthy, bold taste, often with a rich and heavy mouthfeel. This month’s cupping selection embodies that description yet offers so much more. While we get the deep earthy undertones, there are also delicate tasting notes associated with a Naturally Processed bean. The bold taste and versatility of this Indonesian makes it a beautiful standalone coffee as well as an integral component in many of Dark City Coffee’s inhouse blends.
April 2021’s origin is from the Kintamani Highlands of Bali (an Island Province of Indonesia). This coffee is grown in the volcanic soils (loam) of Mount Agung, the highest point on the island and an active volcano. Certified as Organic and Rain Forest Alliance (shade grown) the coffee plants are interspersed with citrus trees, providing shade as well as diversifying the income for the farmers.
In the early 2000’s water scarcity in the region prompted the use of a natural drying process for this coffee. Already using raised beds to dry parchment, the infrastructure and knowledge was already in place to transition to this process. At Dark City Coffee Company/Go Cup Yourself Coffee we have cupped the natural and the washed variation of this coffee side by side and have consistently been amazed by the Bali Kintamani Natural.
Sourced from a Coop of family-owned farms, this month’s coffee is produced around a sustainable irrigation system known as a Subak Abian. The water system is managed through a series of Temples and Hindu priests practicing the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana (harmony between the environment, humans and God). This interdependence between the farmers and the water system creates an element of social, religious and environmental elements unique to Bali’s Co-op system. While extremely interesting and worth researching on its own, we are principally interested in one thing… how does it taste?
INDONESIA - BALI KINTAMANI
Varietal: Bourbon, (S795 & USDA 762) Typica, Catimor
Growing Elevation: 4000+ feet
Soil: Volcanic Soil (Loam)
Drying Process: Natural Raised Beds
Harvest Start Month: May
Harvest End Month: October
Flavour Profile and Notes: GO CUP YOURSELF and find out!
Many Indonesian Origins (in my opinion/experience) seem to transition quickly from first to second crack, heading into a dark roast with little warning. This Bali is no exception and can easily be over roasted if your attention wanders. By easing up on the heat during first crack we let the temperature come up on its own achieving an even and beautiful roast. Bali Kintamani is a staple at Dark City Coffee and we look forward to each new crop. Look for hints of Citrus, Berries and …wait a minute, if you want cupping notes Go Cup Yourself!
Once you have finished Cupping, click on the “EXPERT TASTED” tab for our tasting notes. Can’t wait to compare notes.
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