This coffee is a small producer blend from farms near the mountain peak of Tilu ( peak is called "Gunung"). Tilu has a very high altitude, and farms in the nearby villages where this coffee was collected tend to stagger between 1600 and 1800 meters above sea level. The intermediary with works closely with local farmers in West Java, wet-processing coffee in small batches to high standards. This lot is from a man named Pak Gunawan, where we sourced several stellar fully washed West Javanese coffees. Gunawan is both a farmer and collector, the latter meaning he goes out to the nearby villages. What separates him from most collectors is that he pays special attention to separating the lots that he buys by region, these smaller lot sizes adding a layer of quality control, not to mention more specific provenance. Java Sunda (West Java) was the original coffee area, but you would find few trees here of late. Most Java coffee is grown in the East, where the big estates are. But farmers in Java Sunda always kept small coffee plots, although they mainly grown rice, onions, cabbage, carrots and other food crops for local markets in Bandung and Jakarta. Here amongst the Ateng and Jember coffees are some old Typica trees, the original Typica, which is quite amazing. (Java was the first destination for coffee from Yemen, with a stopover in India). It's nice to see small lots from the different mountain villages in the region rather than the typically large, full-container blends.
This is another beautiful Farm Gate coffee that is great as a blend in espresso.
Cupping Notes: Palm sugar, tobacco, citrus rind, toasted grains, bell pepper, and a shade of cocoa notes
Brew Recommendations: Espresso, drip, French press, pour over
Farm Gate Coffee: Farmers paid at least 50% above Fair Trade
Varietals: Ateng, Djember, Jember, Typica
Region: Tilu, Bandung, Sunda
Process: Wet Process (Washed) and Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Altitude: 1600-1800 meters
Equity Pricing (EP) Levels
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