|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Toraja (formerly Kalossi) growing region, southwestern Celebes (now Sulawesi), Indonesia|
|Review Date:||April 2007|
Blind Assessment: Deep, rich, opulently sweet-toned aroma: cedar, hints of honey and orange. Heavy body and robustly rough mouthfeel in the cup, with a pungently earthy character that reads persuasively as a sort of dry but raisin-toned chocolate. The rich depth extends to the short finish, though astringency nags in the long.
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. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that specializes in building ongoing relationships with growers and that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A heavy, rugged coffee that brewed in a French press should be able to handle any amount of milk and sweetener.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2007 tasting report: Sweetness and Earth: Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Timor