Celebes, also commonly known as Sulawesi, is one of the smoothest and most heavily-bodied coffees in the world. This is the perfect roast for those looking for a high-end specialty coffee with low acidity. The cup complex for a single-origin coffee. It is spicy in the front with black pepper and smoke notes. The notes of bakers chocolate and toasted marshmallow appear in the middle of the cup, reminding us of smores, but not quite as sweet. Toward the tail end of the cup there is a slight raisin sweetness that fades into the long, chocolate and spice finish.
Roast Color: Dark
Cupping Notes: Black Pepper, Baker's Chocolate, Toasted Marshmallow
Cold Brew Notes: Super Dark Chocolate, White Pepper, Subtle Caramel Sweetness
Story: Our Celebes is sourced from 23 family owned farms organized around the Toraja Coffee Farmers's Cooperative located in the central mountain region of the South Sulawesi province on Sulawesi Island (formerly known as Celebes), Indonesia. 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.
I recently re-ordered Celebes and Max's Blend and don't feel what I received measures up to past orders at all. Instead of the subtle but complicated aroma and flavor that I expected, with a clear difference between the two brands, what I received seems like a rather blunt Italian Roast under two different names.
This coffee has been my only choice over the past couple of years. It's been very consistent in performance and quality. I use it for cold brewing, allowing a full 24 hours of room temperature soak with 55g of coffee to 935g of water. I've found it develops best with that timing and those conditions. Regarding taste, a very dark chocolate aspect is the first thing I detect, but it quickly melts into a solid molasses flavor. There is a floral aspect that may be hoplike, but it's mild and doesn't lend to bitterness. This is, quite simply, a very solid coffee. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Although it's a dark roast (which I very much like), this coffee also has a light. sweet finish. Lovely.
I love Celebes -- it is exactly as described. I especially love the low (or no!) acidity and the fact that it's strong without being overbearing -- just damn good coffee. This is REAL coffee, for true coffee lovers, the way it used to be. I've been a steady Sumatra drinker, but I tried this one and I love it! (I still love Sumatra, but this one is a nice change if you want to try something else...)
If you like dark roast, this one will exceed all expectations. Truly one of my favorites that McLaughlin offers.
What they said: heavy body, stimulating fragrance, low in acidity. I buy this whenever McLaughlin's has it available. I combine it with their Peru Dark Organic & Ethiopian Harrar for my morning cuppa. If you like your coffee winy, you may find this unappealing ... just saying.