Region: Bajawa (Ngada) and Manggarai
Producer Type: Smallholder Farmers
Altitude: 1300-1700 masl
Genetic Varieties: Lini S-795, Typica, Timor Hybrid, Catimor
Processing: Wet-Hulled, Ferment and Washed
Drying Method: Sun Dried on Patio, Tarpaulin Sheet or Bamboo Mat
Notes: Juicy clean fruit, vanilla, herbal spices, citrus, smooth rich body
Certifications: Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Flores is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, located in the Eastern half of Indonesia and it has a burgeoning specialty coffee sector supported by the local government, the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI) and the private sector. Ruteng is the capital of the Manggarai district, located at the foot of a high mountain range in a network of valleys. Much of Flores’ specialty coffee comes from growing areas around Wae Rebo village, located deep in the jungle of the Manggarai district.
Blue Flores (‘Blue’ due to its blue appearance when unroasted) is different than traditional Sumatran wet-hulled processing as the coffee is both fully wash and fermented. The farmers selectively hand pick only red cherries, pulp, ferment 24-36 hours, wash, dry (35%), wet hull, and sun-dry (13%). The final sorting takes place once it is dried.
This lot is Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified and is grown primarily by smallholder farmers of the Bajawa (Ngada) and Manggarai ethnic groups living in the volcanic highland area surrounding the central hill towns of Bajawa and Ruteng. These farmers traditionally grow coffee under shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, and Laucauna. These shade trees and other conservation agroforestry practices also protect the surrounding jungle and its myriad exotic flora and fauna.