Tri Hita Karana of Bali
|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Central Bali, Indonesia|
|Review Date:||February 2010|
Blind Assessment: A light roast encourages full expression of intense, sweet-fermented fruit notes. A lush brandyish cherry is complicated in aroma by a slight edge of herb - rosemary or mint - and a lemony cocoa in the cup. Delicately crisp acidity, silky mouthfeel, surprisingly rich, long, flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: The exotic and colorful island of Bali produces a small volume of coffee in the interior highlands. This particular Bali is a dry- or "natural-" processed coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with the wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Tri Hita Hana translates as "The Three Causes of Happiness," an allusion to a traditional philosophy of spiritual, social and ecological harmony. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that specializes in building ongoing relationships with growers and 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: An explosively complex, unapologetically sweet-fermented coffee in a light roast for lovers of this tricky coffee style.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2010 tasting report: Coffees of Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Flores, East Timor