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West Java

West Java

Regular price $20.00 USD
Regular price $0.00 USD Sale price $20.00 USD
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West Java is neighbor to the more familiar Sumatra. But with a country name that literally means "Coffee", you have to trust that something delicious is growing here too. With notes of strawberry and milk chocolate, paired with a spice note common from this region, you can't go wrong. This selection comes from our partners at Mercanta Coffee Hunters, with whom we've never been disappointed. 

Medium-Dark Roast. Great for French press or pour-over. 

Our price per pound (pre-roasted): $3.13*

Additional information about this crop from the importer, Mercanta:

Right in the heart of Indonesia is one of the world’s most famous coffee producing regions – Java. With its rich volcanic soil, delicate climates, and climbing altitudes; Java is known for some unique coffee. Within the western region of the island, where this lot is from, coffee production is unlike any other.

Coffee plantations are normally owned and run by Perhutani or the State Forest Enterprise of West Java. Not only that, but the government provides forested lands to coffee producers to grow coffee. It is thus not uncommon to see coffee growing underneath various Pine and Eucalyptus trees in West Java. This is enforced to prevent the spread of deforestation, thus preserving the native ecosystems. Producers have
advanced knowledge surrounding agroforestry and are able to utilize the benefits of towering trees to grow high quality coffee.

This lot is comprised of coffee from around 4,400 smallholder producers, growing coffee on 5 hectares or less of land. These producers regularly grow potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, chilis and ginger in conjunction with their coffee to diversify income and improve soil health.

Once the cherries are ripe, each producer will evenly pick the coffee by hand. The cherries are then manually pulped within each farm and are then fermented in plastic bags overnight. The following morning, the beans are washed; regularly changing the water to remove residual mucilage. The parchment is then spread on tarpaulins to be dried for a few hours before being sent to the Indo CafCo mill via collectors.

While this coffee is traditional, it is also very unusual in two senses. Firstly, the relationship that Indo CafCo has with its collectors. Mostly, collectors in the region are similar to agents / middlemen but all of the collectors working with Indo CafCo are traceable to the farm level. They are not employees of Indo CafCo; however,
they all have a long-standing relationship with one another – in some cases stretching back to over a decade. The partnership works based on mutual trust and transparency, and many collectors help convey training and information back to farmers.

In addition to working closely with collectors, Indo CafCo has multiple training and agricultural extension services that it offers to producers from across Indonesia. Many of these programs aim to improve harvesting and cultivation practices. Participants have grown every year since 2005, when the company first began its activities. Progress is slow, but visible, and apparent in excellent lots such as this one.

 

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