Tasting Notes: Spiced chocolate, orange zest and candied figs
Region: East Java, Argopuro
Elevation: 1200 - 1600 MASL
Processing: Anaerobic Natural
Coffee Varietal: Arabica Lini S795 & Kartika
The Tlogosari Village, where the coffee beans are grown, has a social non-profit cooperative set up by the villagers for the community’s well-being. The cooperative is called “Walida Cooperative,” led by Ahmad Muhlisin in collaboration with Belift Green Beans. 20% of the profit from the coffee sales goes directly to the social non-profit cooperative, which runs a local K-12 school that educates the villagers.
Harvested off the eastern slopes of mount Argopuro, this micro lot was fermented whole in sealed, oxygen-depleted tanks for 7 days before being laid to dry in the sun before being hulled and sorted using a “density sorter”. This one-of-a-kind roast brings to mind cinnamon spiced chocolate, orange zest, and candied figs.
Coffees from Argopuro are processed using fresh spring water, a rarity in Java. After cherries are carefully picked, cleaned, and sorted to process this coffee, they are fermented in anaerobic tanks, then sun-dried, hulled, and sorted to be prepared and packed before being exported
Most coffee farmers in Indonesia grow a very small amount of coffee alongside crops like tomatoes, chili peppers, and ginger. The combined remoteness of their farms and fragmented production system have made it very difficult to trace Indonesian coffee. The team at Belift, however, are working directly with the farming communities in Argopuro and Bondowoso and are hands-on with every step of production, from seed to processing to export.
This coffee was harvested paying attention to the cherries that were picked; then these were cleaned and sorted by flotation, to then be sun-dried on raised beds before being hulled and sorted using a “density sorter,” and prepared and packed for exportation, to then be shipped!