|San Rafael, California
|Tlogosari Village, Argopuro, East Java, Indonesia
Sweetly tart and cocoa-toned. Pineapple, cocoa, violet, agave syrup, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Gently and brightly sweet-tart in structure; smooth and lively in mouthfeel. Cocoa and pineapple carry into a sweet, quiet finish.
Produced by small-holding members of the Pokmas Walida Cooperative, working with Belift Green Beans, an Indonesia-based grassroots coffee exporter that advised the cooperative on processing this coffee using the anaerobic natural method (coffee in the whole fruit is fermented in an oxygen-free environment before drying in the whole fruit). Founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell, Equator Coffees operates retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and southern California and provides coffee to hundreds of wholesale accounts. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.
Anaerobic natural processing nicely sweetens and brightens the profile, and encourages a particularly wide range of aroma and flavor notes. A quietly complete coffee that should satisfy those looking for both familiarity and excitement.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2023 tasting report: Old Style and New: Coffees of Java and Bali