It starts with slight caramelized sugar sweetness in the front, and is then highlighted by brown spice and earthy, herbal notes in the middle. The herbal notes carry through into the finish and meld with lovely notes of dark chocolate that finish long and smooth. It has the classic Indonesian profile of a velvety, full body with a very smooth finish.
Roast Color: Dark
Cupping Notes: Dark Chocolate, Herbal, Brown Spice, Caramelized Sugar
Certifications: Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Story: This coffee is sourced from family owned farms located on the slopes of the Inerie volcano in the Ngada regency of Flores, one of the big islands in the Lesser Sunda archipelago of Indonesia. Over the last decade, a growing number of farmer groups have pooled resources to improve upon processing coffee using wet-hulling techniques similar to those found in Sumatra. Attention to detail is exquisite, reflected in the ripe cherry selection, raised bed drying, and hand sorting done three times before export.
I bought the Flores because the Sumatra fair trade was temporarily out. It’s a bit milder though still quite flavorful and I have been finding the Sumatra a little bit too sharp and have been tending to mix in something a bit smoother and Flores might stand alone. I assume although it’s not fair trade McLaughlin would t sell it if it isn’t responsibly produced but still prefer fair trade. It makes me happy every morning