|Origin||Indonesia, PNG, Hawaii|
|Coffee growing area||-|
|Processing system||wet processed|
|Variety||Arabica , Central Aceh , Gayo 1|
|Practices||Arabica from Monitored farms only|
Excellent—for special occasions, at least Review by Jonathan
We picked up six ounces of the stuff to celebrate a graduation with, splitting it into two three-ounce batches to give us some room for roasting errors. This was a good thing, as the first batch got overroasted—not egregiously so, but it was definitely showing visible surface oils. Prepared using a burr grinder on its finest setting, four scoops in an Aeropress brewed with 175° water.
Since the Aeropress produces a very strong initial coffee stock, we had two tastings: one straight from the press, the other diluted with hot water as is our standard practice. The first was, as expected, strong to the point of being a little difficult to appreciate, but clearly showed some unusual (mostly good, some neutral—nothing bad) flavours which I lack the vocabulary to describe. In our second error of the tasting we overdiluted the remaining coffee, making it a little difficult to taste its distinctive characteristics, but with a little concentration we were able to appreciate it.
So the bottom line is more or less what you might expect; I have yet to try other ultra-specialty coffees like Jamaican Blue Mountain, so I can't offer a comparison there, but what we have here is an amazing coffee that you really should try sometime, maybe for a special occasion, but which does not live up to the equivalence implied by price of being worth, say, seven and a half pounds of La Minita or something. Still, I know what I'll be roasting at very special occasions. (Posted on 6/13/2010)