Indonesia Sulawesi - Toarco
Origin : Indonesia (Sulawesi)
Region : Toraja
Farm : Various smallholder farmers
Cultivar : S795
Altitude : 900 - 1 600 m
Process : Washed
Taste notes: Almond, Oolong tea, Hops
A new Toarco harvest has finally arrived! These washed Indonesians always offer a particularly clean cup, all the while preserving the unique and renowned taste profile of the country – a greener, more herbal quality. Indonesian coffees are often incredibly funky, but not in a fruity kind-of-way. Expect a coffee with a light almond presence, and a certain gustative intensity similar to a rich dark chocolate. All of this is followed by an undeniably dominant taste of hops, or fresh tobacco, that greatly remind us of a good cup of oolong tea.
For those of you who are willing to try something different in coffee, but aren’t attracted to fruity or acidic tasting notes, this coffee was made for you!
Even though this lot isn’t roasted dark at all, the coffee has a natural intensity that makes it particularly fitting for a latte – the milk won’t attenuate its personality!
Nevertheless, we must mention that our cupping team does have a slight preference for this lot as a manual infusion; it makes a remarkably smooth drinking experience as a filter coffee.
PT Toarco is a very tight-knit Japanese-Indonesian coffee mill established in 1976. The factory manages its own 530-hectare plantation in Bokin, North Toraja, while simultaneously encouraging local surrounding farmers to grow arabica beans following their quality standards. There are collection points throughout the region where smallholder farmers can sell their wet parchment coffees to the factory, saving them the hassle of drying, storing and selling their harvest on their own. This part of coffee production can be a real challenge for small farmers, mostly for exposure reasons. PT Toarco offers to free them of that nuisance, for those who want that off their shoulders.
Coffee harvests at this mill go through strict processing from beginning to end, from selective red fruit sorting, to perfect drying :) and storage. This mill utilizes mechanical Yamamoto vertical dryers that typically take around 72 hours. Although mechanical dryers are sometimes seen with a certain aversion in the world of coffee, Toarco has found that mechanical dryers help maintain more uniform drying than on outdoor patios in the region’s high-humidity climate.
A team of professional cuppers consistently taste each harvest once the drying is finished, ensuring high taste quality, and many are given an 88+ and 90+ scoring (which is really, very impressive!) PT Toarco are true experts at producing exceptional, clean coffees.
Toarco has put great focus on providing education and support to the local Indonesian community, whether that be through offering yearly classes, or donating necessary tools to producers, like depulpers. A celebration is also hosted at the end of each harvest cycle; about 200 producers attend this party every year.
Dry coffee : 18.5 grams
Wet weight : 40 grams
Time : 30 secondes
Water temperature : 200° F (93° C)