Sulawesi (Celebes) Medium Roast by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Review |
Roast: NA Review Date: January 2003
Origin: Toraja/Kalossi growing district, southwestern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Price: $8.95/10oz

Blind Assessment: Reader Ben Anderson calls this coffee "fantastic." That familiar adjective freshens up when applied to Sulawesi coffees, whose unexpected forest and fruit notes often do seem to express a sort of adventurous coffee fantasy. When hot, this Sulawesi displayed a rich cup with a fine balance of acidity, sweetness and roastiness plus - the Sulawesi factor - carnally rich fruit notes reminiscent of cantaloupe. I started with a rating of over 90, but as the cup cooled a slight salty astringency in the finish lowered my assessment.

Notes: The rugged mountains north of the port city of Makasar on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi are the coffee equivalent of Islay in the world of scotch whiskeys, producing coffees that are often startling in their quirky, earth-toned variety. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is one of the country's leading specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles, including a comprehensive selection of Fair-Trade/organic coffees. Visit or call 800-223-6768 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: Coffee romantics should enjoy its odd smoky fruit notes, and anyone who takes their coffee strong with milk should find this a rich, satisfying cup.


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