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Indonesia - Argopuro Muhlisin

Indonesia - Argopuro Muhlisin

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Producer: Pokmas Walida Co-operative and 200 Smallholder Producers
Varietal: Lini S795, Kartika
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,400 masl
Process: Anaerobic Natural
Country: Indonesia
Region: Situbondo, East Java
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Cherry, Manuka Honey
 
Situated along the slopes of the Argopuro Volcano, is a region in East Java known for its coffee production thanks to the rich volcanic soil and high elevations. The iconic volcano creates the beautiful Javanase landscape in the Situbondo Regency. When coffee was first cultivated in Indonesia, it was common for Dutch colonists to plant low-quality Robusta in large estates. However, the 21st century ignited a shift towards Arabica, especially in East Java, whereby more microlots appeared, owned by producers experimenting with new, innovative processing methods.
 
This lot is one such example of this coffee-quality revolution in Indonesia. Producer and cooperative leader, Pak Muhlisin, founded the Pokmas Walida Cooperative in 2014, to gather producers in the area and spread awareness about new processing  methods to improve quality. 
 

During the harvest, each producer will carefully handpick the cherries and transport to the collection station adjacent to the Pokmas Walida wet mill. Here, the cherries are submerged in water to remove any floaters to maintain quality. Once sorted, the coffee is then placed into large tanks of water and covered for 72 hours to initiate fermentation. This breaks down the exterior mucilage helping to create a unique tasting profile. When fermentation is complete, the cherries are evenly dispersed on covered raised beds to dry for 15 days and moved to tarped patios to dry for another 10 days. The cherries are regularly moved to prevent mould growth. Once the ideal water content level is reached, the coffee is ready for hulling. The dried cherries are moved via truck to the dry mill, 50 miles away, to be hulled and set to rest prior to export.

We find this lot of coffee from Pak jam-packed with very distinct and intense berry flavours. Expect bold, winey notes of blackberries, cherries and blackcurrants. 
 
Freshly roasted in Brunei.