This compelling coffee (see what I did there?) comes from Klasik Beans Cooperative, established in 2010 in West Java. We were introduced to the cooperative through its two founders – Eko Purnomowidi and Dadang Hendarsyah. After learning about a growing opportunity for specialty coffee in Java, Dadang and Eko began traveling to the region to purchase coffee. Shortly thereafter the duo set up a small wet mill in the district of Pangalengan for purchasing and processing cherry from area farmers. They then planted a small plot that would eventually become a model farm for ecologically sustainable coffee production within West Java.
Today, Klasik Beans Cooperative has over 2,000 members. Klasik Beans has five processing facilities, referred to as shelters. Each shelter serves as a purchase point, wet mill, and warehouse for storing coffee. Stumptown’s Java Ciwidey comes from Klasik Beans’ shelters in Ciwidey.
Java, an island in Indonesia, contains thirty-eight mountains which form an east / west spine. The mountains have all at one time been active volcanoes. Java was the first place coffee was cultivated in Indonesia, brought over by the Dutch in the 1600s. Our partners at Klasik Coffees operate under the slogan, “Do the little things sincerely.” That intention is palpable; their care for each other and the coffee is matched by their concern for environmental preservation.
Coffee delivered to the cooperative is received at one of five processing facilities, called shelters, and is fully washed. Coffee is slowly dried on covered raised beds and patios before being hand-sorted. Each shelter serves as a purchase point, wet mill, and warehouse for storing coffee.*
region: Ciwidey, Java, Indonesia farm: N/A producer: smallholder farmers association: Klasik Beans Cooperative elevation: 3600 meters above sea level varietal: Jember, Tim Tim, Catimor process: fully washed, patio and raised bed dried
This is a full-bodied coffee with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel and loads of depth.
cocoa, apricot, nectarine, molasses, turbinado
*content courtesy of Stumptown Coffee Roasters
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