Organic Toraja by Kura Java Coffee Review |
  • Kura Java Coffee

    Detroit, Michigan
  • Organic Toraja

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2006
Origin: Toraja (formerly Kalosi) growing region, southwestern Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), Indonesia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: A coffee whose uncompromisingly earthy character requires the same reorientation of conventional taste as do peaty malt whiskies. Distinct moist fallen leaf notes in the aroma with hints of sweet fruit ferment that with some imagination read as chocolate. In the cup the fallen leaf tones turn distinctly humus-like with continued hints of a sort of fermented chocolate. Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate notes persist in the finish, softening and complicating a hardish astringency.

Notes: An eight-year aged coffee originating in the Toraja growing region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Aging only intensifies the genius of this gloriously primitive coffee. The distributor calls this coffee "organic," but cites no certifications. Most likely it is de facto organic - over the years the growers were too poor or too traditional in their agricultural practices to even consider adding chemicals to their fields. Kura Java coffee is the product of a company devoted to retailing a variety of Indonesian products, including art, jewelry, books and coffee. The parent company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which pursues a policy of fair and non-exploitive trade relationships. Nominated by Han Sudjunadi. Visit for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of earthy Sumatras who want to up the ante.


Coffee, more so than wine, is a continually changing product. Recent reviews, whether written by Coffee Review or readers, are most likely to reflect current versions of a given coffee.