Coffee Review - Bali Coffee from Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters
  • Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters

    Irvine, California
  • Bali Kinamani Subak Abians Organic

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: May 2010
Origin: Central Bali, Indonesia Price: $11.45/12 oz.

Blind Assessment: The ferment tones in this dried-in-the-fruit coffee take on a particularly intense brandy character. Rich, brandy-inflected acidity and flavor complicated by dry chocolate, cherryish fruit, and a hint of herby mint. Sweet short finish with a slight saltiness lurking in the long.

Notes: Certified organically grown. The exotic and colorful island of Bali produces a small volume of coffee in the interior highlands. This particular Bali is a dry- or "natural-" processed coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with the wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Located inside Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery, Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters is a quality-minded micro-roaster with the motto "World Class, World Friendly." Visit or call 949-713-7318 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An interesting leather-chair-and-cigars sort of profile, with the ferment giving us a bit more brandy and a little less fruit than typically displayed by this dried-in-the-fruit coffee type.


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