Our January Coffee of the Month marks the return of our favorite from Flores. This coffee has a medium body and very slight acidity. It starts with caramelized sugar sweetness in the front, and is then highlighted by gingerbread and woody notes in the middle. There is a subtle acidity toward the end that reminded us of dried cranberries. The wood notes and sweetness highlight the finish that is long, smooth, and a little dry.
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Cupping Notes: Caramelized Sugar, Spice, Wood, Dried Fruit
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
Excellent dark roast with a smooth finish and complex flavors.