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Kava Noir: Indonesia Garuda Specialty Coffee
Many of the islands of Indonesia were formed by volcanoes and still benefit from soil that’s rich in volcanic ash and ideal for growing coffee. It’s no wonder that some of the world’s most famous coffees are grown on the islands.
Coffee trees were originally brought to Indonesia in the early 19th century by the Dutch, who sought to break the world-wide Arabic monopoly on the cultivation of coffee. Within a few years, Indonesian coffee dominated the world’s coffee market. Yet by the end of the century disease had completely destroyed the crop. Coffee trees were successfully replanted and quickly gained a large share of the world market until the plantations were ravaged again during World War II.
Its estimated that 15 percent of all the coffee grown in Indonesia is Arabica. Sumatra Mandheling coffee is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes. “Mandailing,” spelled here correctly, is technically an ethnic group in Indonesia,
Giling Basah, the unique method used in the production of Sumatran coffees, results in a very full body with a concentrated flavor, garnished with herbal nuances and a spicy finish. It involves hulling the parchment off the bean at roughly 50 percent moisture content. This unique process results in Sumatra’s trademark flavor profile and gives the green beans their signature color.
Cup Notes :- full bodied with tobacco, cedar, peat moss and some herbal notes.