Sulawesi Toraja Toarco
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Toraja growing region, southwestern Sulawesi, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||$14.95 / 12 oz.|
|Review Date:||March 2010|
Blind Assessment: Crisp walnut and cherryish chocolate in the aroma, together with spicy aromatic wood. Sweet, deep, powerful acidity, rich and lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The spicy aromatic wood and walnut notes carry into the cup, taking on a caramel-like sweetness complicated by hints of fruit and layers of dark and milk chocolate. Rich in the short finish with lingering chocolate tones and a slight astringency in the long.
Notes: Toarco (which stands for TOraja ARabica COffee) is a coffee project in the famous Sulawesi coffee growing region of Toraja developed and financed by Japan's Key Coffee Company. Until recently Toarco sold its entire production to the Japanese market, making this coffee rare in the United States. Toarco works with over 7,000 coffee-growing families. Terroir is a microroaster focusing on elite single-origin coffees. It is a pioneer in the revival of medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: A quietly complex, robust, naturally sweet cup that situates somewhere between high-grown Central American coffees and the cleanest style of traditional Sumatras.