||Celebes Toarco Tana Toraja Kalosi Typica AA Washed 2014
||Pango Pango-Perindingan, Tana Toraja
||Varietal: Typica AA
It's a long time since I've been able to find a Kalosi that I've been happy to stock – in fact over two and a half years – and now two have come along at once.
Sulawesi (Celebes) was influenced and controlled by the Netherlands from 1605 until World War II. In 1669 the Dutch East India Company took control of the trade in Sulawesi. The Dutch built Fort Rotterdam in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) in the mid 1600s. It was not until 1905 that they finally gained control of the whole island, becoming part of the Dutch state colony of the Netherlands East Indies. The Dutch East India Company was in control of coffee production in Indonesia during most of the 1700s, and introduced Arabica Coffee (Typica) to Sulawesi in 1750.
Indonesian coffee has traditionally been processed with the Giling-Basah (or wet-hulled) method, like Sumatran coffee. In 1976 TOARCO, a Japanese-Indonesian joint-venture, introduced the traditional washed process to Sulawesi, similar to that found in Central America.
TOARCO owns the Pedamaran plantation, which is at 900–1,250 m.a.s.l., and purchases wet-parchment (at 40% moisture) from small producers at 1,200–1,800 m.a.s.l. Coffee is driven to Pedamaran plantation immediately and gets dried on patios at their mill facilities. If a producer wants to sell their parchment coffee to TOARCO they have to get certified to TOARCO's standards for selective-picking, storage, transportation, moisture levels, etc. Farmers are issued ID cards that allow them to sell their coffee at various purchasing points in the Tana Toraja region, during the market of the week.
This lot comes from those small producers at the higher altitude areas, rather than the plantation.
Most of the coffee produced in Tana Toraja is S795 variety: it's a Typica hybrid. This proves once again how importantly the variety translates in the cup. Indonesia has a great deal of Catimor and a Robusta-heavy Arabica hybrid, but Tana Toraja has kept high-quality varieties.
In the cup expect a full body with Black Jack sweets, and a strange lychee acidity that finishes with Opal Fruit (“Starburst," for the kids) purple sweets. However, it's not overtly sweet.
Location: Pango Pango-Perindingan, Tana Toraja
Altitude: 1,200–1,600 m.a.s.l.
Soil type: volcanic
Type of shade trees: various
Rainfalls in mm/year: 4,700
Main crop from September to March; fly crop from June to July
Picking method: manual
Drying method: sun-dried at special open-air concrete floors
Varietal: Typica AA
Take this one into second crack, oils just forming/just before.
"Quick Look" Guide
Big mouthfeel with a big body, lychee, Black Jacks, purple Opal Fruits.
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