Dates, Molasses, Raisin
Lactic Ferment, Washed
Sunda, West Java
West Java – Finsa Estate, Washed (Limited Edition Microlot Coffee)
Coffees from this part of the world are often processed using the wet hulled method know for rich chocolate, earthy flavours that very much divides the crowd. This coffee is very different and has been processed as a washed coffee, a taste profile we don’t normally experience from Indonesia.
This particular coffee is from the Andung Sari varietal, a high quality coffee with links to the Catimor varietal. The coffee pickers select ripe coffee cherry from trees at around 1500 masl. The coffee is then processed by pulping to remove the outer layer of fruit, and fermenting in tanks with water and added Lactic Bacteria.
Lactic fermentation is a common technique in the beer making industry and can kickstart some interesting flavour development during the wet fermentation process.
I've had some precious experience with lactic fermentation before and had my expectations set to specific taste features (in other words, I was hoping for something funky). What I got was a nice almost generic pallets. Raisins, milk chocolate, molasses. Nothing funky about it. Tried it as espresso at different ratios, flat white, Aeropress, V60. It's good, but nothing special.