It has been years since we offered Sulawesi coffees. Like an old friend, we pick up where we left off, yet discover new qualities that we love. The most distinguished Sulawesi coffee is Toraja and is as ancient and mysterious as the Indonesian Islands themselves. Sulawesi Toraja is full-bodied, rich, and bursting with expansive flavor. This is a deep, brooding cup of coffee. This is big, bold, and earthy! If you love Sumatran coffee, you will adore Sulawesi's rich, earthy and very highly regarded offering of the specialty coffee realm.
It starts off with aromas of chocolate and dark fruit. The cup plunges into earthy depths with a touch of smokiness. The lingering finish reveals a hint of ripe fruit and dark chocolate.
Aroma: Earthy, Sweet Snuff
Cup: Sharp, Nectarous Stone Fruit
Finish: Lingering, Ripe Fruit, Dark Chocolate
About this Coffee
GROWER: Toraja Coffee Farmers' Cooperative
REGION: South Sulawesi Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia
ALTITUDE: 1400 – 1900 meters
PROCESS: Wet Hulled and dried in the sun
VARIETY: Typica, Catimor, and S795
HARVEST: May- September
SOIL: Volcanic loam
Sulawesi Toraja Sapan Grade 1 is sourced from 23 family-owned farms organized around the Toraja Coffee Farmers' Cooperative located in the central mountain region of the South Sulawesi province on Sulawesi Island (formerly known as Celebes), Indonesia. Sulawesi is a starfish-shaped island, far older than the rest of the Indonesian archipelago, with a complex geography that includes thousand-foot rock walls exploding vertically out of rice paddy fields and capped in perpetual mist. The Toraja people are an indigenous group with a traditional village lifestyle that includes houses resembling boats and animist rituals called aluk to dolo (the way of the ancestors) that are reminiscent of Santeria.
In recent years the Toraja Coffee Growers Cooperative has been collaborating with an NGO called VECO, which is dedicated to improving farmer access to better agricultural practices for quality coffee production and improving coffee farm infrastructure. The partnership has helped to improve quality, increase earnings from coffee sales, and is strengthening farmers’ livelihoods.