Coffee was first brought to Indonesia in the 1600s by the Dutch East India Company in an attempt to break the Arab monopoly on coffee for the export market. Coffee farming took hold in various parts of Indonesia including Java, but centuries after it was first introduced a fungus called coffee rust destroyed Indonesian coffee farming. Indonesia’s government imported coffee of the Robusta species, which was more disease resistant. Many started planting the new coffee. Today 90% of Indonesian coffee is from the Robusta species, now used for commercial-grade coffee. The Indonesian coffee beans offered by the Roasterie only consist of top quality Arabica coffee beans.
The Regions of Indonesia:
We offer four types of coffee from three regions, Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. They include the Java Estate, Sulawesi Toraja, Sumatra Mandheling, and Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade Organic.
Java was the first Indonesian island to produce coffee. It is now the most famous and well known coffee producers. It is a washed coffee, which gives it a very clean profile with bright acidity because the coffee beans are completely removed from the cherry before drying. On the other hand, our coffee from Sumatra is processed using a semi-washed method, sometimes called “pulp natural.” During this process the coffee cherry’s outer skin is removed before drying, the fruity part under the skin is left intact, and the beans are dried inside it. Our coffee from the Sulawesi region is processed just like the Sumatran coffee, however it has a more crisp and refreshing character.
Our Delicious Indonesian Coffee Blends:
The Java Estate is sweet with complements of ripe cherry and Georgia peach notes. The smooth and nutty body breaks into a dried apricot finish that is truly unique.
The Sulawesi Toraja was judged 2nd place among Indonesian coffees in 2011 by coffeereview.com. The coffee has an exquisite flavor that is crisp and refreshing. It is especially prized all over the world.
The Sumatra Mandheling is delicately hand selected three times for the Roasterie to ensure the best coffee beans. The traditional volcanic and earthy Indonesian profile is complemented by bittersweet chocolate and subtle cherry and raisin notes.
The Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade Organic coffee is full-bodied, with intense aroma and flavor that consists of earthy, smoky, and fruity complexity.