Indonesia Celebes Kalossi
|Roaster Location:||Addison, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Toraja (formerly Kalossi) growing region, southwestern Celebes (now Sulawesi), Indonesia|
|Review Date:||April 2007|
Blind Assessment: An extreme version of the traditional musty/earthy coffees of Indonesia, with the musty notes so intense that they seem to push the profile into a realm completely outside ordinary expectations associated with coffee. The earthy mildew character is sharply pungent but sweet throughout, with associations with other pungently sweet sensations, like grapefruit and the fresh smell of tomato vine.
Notes: The small-holding tribal growers of the Toraja region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi produce coffees that, even more than the coffees of the neighboring island of Sumatra, typically express an earthy, pungent character encouraged by unorthodox fruit removal and drying processes. Coffeemaria is a roast-to-order Internet coffee retailer offering a wide variety of single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: This is a coffee for lovers of the most extreme single-malt Islay whiskies, the kind with salt, seaweed, and pungent peat.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2007 tasting report: Sweetness and Earth: Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Timor