New 2019/20 crop of the Toarco just arrived! One of our favorite non-traditional Indos!
AA is their nicest bean screen, these beans look like a gem. Beautiful large screen coffee.
Just about as unique as you can get for a Sulawesi. Thick and creamy but the flavor profile is very far from your average semi-washed Indonesian cup.
For years, this coffee was only available in Japan, as the estate is owned by the Japanese roaster Key Coffee. In recent years they have made it available to us. Established in 1976, this plantation has been undertaking a fully washed process that is unlike anything else produced in Asia. After the harvest, the cherry is stripped off by a mechanical de-pulper and the parchment is allowed to ferment overnight, with no water added. The next morning, the parchment is thoroughly rinsed in tile lined channels and laid out to sun dry. Every parcel is cupped five times between the patio drying and the final bagging. The plantation has a total of 530 hectares, and 300 hectares are planted.
Best at a medium to dark roast, this cup gets pretty thick and creamy with a small hint of lemony floral acidity upfront balanced with a very chocolaty undertone. Clean, rich, balanced and fuller bodied with some exotic spice notes, a tasty unique treat for Indonesian fans. Lighter roasts come off with some strong African like herbal notes (think Kenya) if drank too soon; a couple day setup on lighter roasts will be necessary and give the cup good definition. Dark roasts add some complimenting toasty notes like many of its Indo. cousins.
We enjoyed this Sulawesi at a darker roast, still nicely complex and balanced. Darker roast will promote that very thick and creamy cup but will mute most of the brightness which is pretty cool to have in the flavor profile.