Plush, clean, sweetly savoury
Sugar cane, yellow stone fruits,
sweet spice, Keffir lime, vanilla
Sulawesi is an Island in the Indonesia archipelago and was formerly known as Celebes, its Dutch colonial name. The most famous coffees from Indonesia are those from the island of Sumatra, and are processed as Wet-Hulled, or “giling basah,” which lends them their characteristic earthy and savory flavors. Sulawesi, differs in that it primarily produces Washed processed coffees.
This coffee is grown in the central highland region of Tana Toraja and is produced by a Japanese/ Indonesian coffee processing company, PT Toarco. The company has been working with coffee farmers in this area for almost 40 years. Over this time they have developed strict processing and quality assurance standards as well as providing assistance to it’s farming communities.
Toarco owns Pedamaran Plantation, and also purchases wet parchment (at 40% moisture) coffees from small producers at collection points in neighboring communities. Once collected, the coffee is trucked to Pedamaran immediately after purchase, where it is dried using mechanical Yamamoto vertical dryers as well as Pinalhalense guardiolas, or horizontal dryers. The mechanical dryers 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 parchment coffee to Toarco, they need to get certified to their quality standards as far as selective picking, storage, transportation, moisture levels, etc. Farmers are issued ID cards that allow them to sell their coffee at various purchasing points during the market week. PT Toarco is focused on providing education and support to its producer partners. Currently, the company offers once-yearly classes for producers to receive their ID cards, but they hope to expand their educational opportunities to twice yearly and include things such as cherry selection, planting and picking techniques, and fermentation. They also hold a party at the end of the harvest cycle to celebrate, giving out awards to producers such as depulpers and other necessary tools; about 150 to 200 producers attend the party every year.
This would have been our 6th consecutive year offering from Toarco but due to the Global Covid-19 Pandemic we were unable to in 2021. We are delighted to be able to serve this meticulously clean Indonesian coffee from Toarco once again.