Washed ∙ Medium Roast
Sweet and savory with herbal, almond, green grape and fresh hops flavors.
Grown at 1100-1800 Meters Above Sea Level (MASL)
Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on!
Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from Toraja, a coffee-growing region located in the southeastern highlands of Sulawesi. Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes, is located in the center of the archipelago known as Indonesia. This coffee differs greatly from our typical, year-round Indonesian selection: Sumatra Harimau Tiger, so we thought it would be a fun way to begin the New Year!
PT Toarco, a Japanese-Indonesian joint mill and export venture, are experts at producing clean, sweet, fruity coffees. Toarco owns Pedamaran Plantation at 900–1250 meters, and also and purchases wet parchment (at 40% moisture) coffees from small producers at collection points in Perangian, Pango Pango, Minanga, and Perindingan. Once collected, the coffee is trucked to Pedamaran Plantation immediately after purchase, where it is dried using mechanical dryers that assist in maintaining uniform drying, and helps the processing go more efficiently and cleanly.
The drying typically takes 72 hours. If a producer wants to sell their coffee to Toarco, they need to get certified to the quality standards as far as selective picking, storage, transportation, moisture levels, etc. The certification process is focused on providing education and support to its producer partners.
Sulawesi, along with the rest of Indonesia, was under Dutch control from the early 1600s until World War II, and coffee production was introduced and dictated by the Dutch East India Company. In 1750, the first Typica plants arrived, as they had already begun to spread around the other islands of Java and Sumatra.
We hope you will enjoy this new selection in our ongoing Origin Select series of coffees that explores different coffee growing regions, farms, and processes. We roast our Origin Select series in-house, guaranteeing you get the freshest roast possible.