Our Sulawesi Toraja coffee comes from within the Sesean Mountains in the southern Tana Toraja and North Toraja Regencies of this massive Indonesian island province. Sulawesi Kalossi Toraja growers have many conditions suitable for arabica, including volcanic soil, and thick forests that protect their coffee plants and maintain moisture. The area is a main production center of arabica, where a number of small family farms grow and process their own typica and catimor cherries, and use the traditional wet hulled or semi-washed processing method before handing them off to local community collectors. As is tradition throughout Sulawesi and Sumatra, the collectors then transport the harvest to a central dry mill for final preparation, sorting and ultimately exportation. This Sulawesi Toraja cups clean, sweet and slightly earthy. It has a heavy body, low acid, and notes of pepper.
Formerly known as a Celebes or Dutch Celebes, the island was governed as a colonial property of the Dutch East Indies up until 1945 when Indonesia declared its independence. The Dutch originally captured Celebes from Portuguese settlers in the mid 1600s, but it is disputed whether the Celebes etymology is either Dutch or Portuguese in origin.
Sulawesi is itself comprised of four interconnected finger peninsulas that form a uniquely shaped landmass, with high active volcanic peaks to the north and plentiful resources for arabica production. The Toraja Regencies are located on the South Sulawesi province/peninsula, where coffee plants are often seen growing wild throughout the rugged hillsides. Sulawesi is one of the main islands within the Republic of Indonesia, and considered part of the Greater Sunda grouping of Indonesian islands which includes Borneo, Sumatra and Java. Geographically Sulawesi lies directly west of Borneo, north of Java and east of Maluku and New Guinea. Overall it is the 11th largest island in the world with some 67,000 square miles of land that were formed from centuries of volcanic activity. Incredibly the highest peak on the island reaches a height of over 11,000 feet!
Origin • Sulawesi
Region • Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Producer • Various Small Growers
Altitude • 4200 to 6200 Feet
Processing • Wet Hulled
Varietals • Catimor, S-795
Flavor Notes • Dark Chocolate, Walnut, Raisin, & Granola
Roast • Medium Dark Roast