Cupping Notes: Brown sugar, Dark Chocolate, and Vanills
Organic Bali Blue Moon coffee is overwhelmingly rich with syrupy dark chocolate notes, a creamy mouthfeel and spiced finish. The earthiness found in many Indonesian coffees takes a backseat with this Bali Blue Moon coffee, where earthy notes are very subtle overall. This stunning Rainforest Alliance Certified, single origin organic, and received accolades from our coffee club members
After a devastating volcano blast in 1963, the Balinese government revitalized their coffee agriculture and economy by handing out coffee seed stock to local farmers and encouraging an island-wide coffee growing campaign. Today, there are over 7,000 hectares of organic coffee growing farmland in Bali, Indonesia. Pesticides and chemicals are illegal to use on any of the crops, which are farmed using 100% organic fertilizers. Improved coffee growing practices have only increased the worth of this remarkable Bali Blue Moon coffee, as well as improving socioeconomic conditions across the entire island nation.
- Roast Body: Bold
- Roast Level: Medium
- Certifications: USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certifie
- Single Origin: Kintamani Highlands, Bali
- Origin: Bali, Indonesia
- Region: Kintamani Highlands
- Altitude: 1,299 - 1,699 meters ASL
- Varietal: Bourbon, Typica
- Process: Wet Hulled
- Drying: Dried on mats to 40% moisture, then hulled
- Harvest: May - July
The highland region of Kintamani, between the volcanoes of Batukaru and Agung, is the main coffee-growing area on Bali. Many coffee farmers on Bali are members of a traditional farming system called Subak Abian, which is based on the Hindu philosophy of "Tri Hita Karana". According to this philosophy, the three causes of happiness are good relations with God, other people and the environment. This philosophy, specifically 'happiness with the environment' favors the production of organic coffee, or at least the use of organic fertilizers and the lack of use of agrochemicals. The Subak Abian system is ideally suited to the production of fair trade coffee production because the Subak organizes smallholders, which is often a requirement of fair trade certification.
Stakeholders in Bali, including the Subak Abian, have created Indonesia's first Geographic Indication (G.I.). Issued in 2008, the G.I. establishes legal protection for coffee produced in the Kintamani region. It also serves as a marketing tool to differentiate Kintamani coffee from coffees produced in other regions.
Generally, Balinese coffee is processed using the wet method. This results in a sweet, soft coffee with good consistency. Typical flavors include lemon and other citrus notes.
More spice/smoke than I expected. Great balance on herbal/citrus/earthy/round notes…if that makes sense. All were notes were present in the taste, but none of them were overwhelmingly prominent…balanced. Not so smooth, though as to lure you into dullsville, medium aggressiveness, probably to do more with the roasting than the actual bean, but what do I know. Drink it, you’ll like it.