This coffee is something very special. It is rare that we get the opportunity to taste such a complex coffee - especially from Indonesia. We were amazed at how many different flavors and aromas we experienced on the cupping table as the coffee cooled.
From sweet tropical fruits like papaya or nectarines to berries like raspberries and blackcurrants, this coffee even has a fresh taste of lemonade. And with a balanced undertone of herbs and sweet spicy flavor, this coffee is uniquely tasty.
In 2010, Wildan Mustofa and his wife Atieq Mustikaningtyas started the coffee project that would later develop into their farm, Java Frinsa Estate. With an extraordinary focus on quality, Wildan Mustofa has managed to set his farm apart from the crowd. He is truly one of the leading figures in Indonesia's specialty coffee movement.
While most coffees in Indonesia are traditionally processed using the wet-holed method, they mainly use the fully washed process at Frinsa Estate, resulting in a far sweeter, cleaner and more transparent cup profile.
Notably, Frinsa Estate is one of the few farms in Indonesia that focuses on selling single variety coffee. They are also leaders in experiments with modern processing methods, such as the use of bacteria such as lactobacillus or different types of yeast in the fermentation process.
Over the years we have explored many different origins, but never Indonesia. This is simply because we have never found the quality of Indonesian coffees to be on par with coffees from Africa or Central and South America. This is certainly not the case with this coffee.
But we explore not only a new origin, but also new varieties. The varieties have distinctly Indonesian names, although they are genetically similar to many varieties found in Central and South America. For example, the Borbor variety is a cross between a Timor hybrid and Bourbon - not unlike something you might find in Colombia.
Country : Indonesia
Region : Sindangkerta, West Java
Coffee variety : Borbor, Lini S, Ateng super, Timor, Sigarar Utang, P88
Process : Washed
Cultivation altitude : 1300-1500
Autumn : September 2022
Notes : Papaya, lemonade and milk chocolate
We have paid $9.41 per kg for the coffee (FOB).
The market price at the time of the contract was $3.45 per kg.
This means we have paid 272% of the market price for this specific coffee.
Read more about why we pay more for our coffeehere.
Blowing up the frames
Indonesian coffees belong to a completely different category within the coffee industry. 75% of the country's production is of the species Coffea Canephora, also known as Robusta (ie not C. Arabica), which generally produces lower quality coffee. Most of these coffees are used in processed products such as instant coffee or canned coffee.
Indonesian coffees do not have the best reputation in the specialty coffee industry. They are generally known for their earthy and unclean taste, but are all Indonesian coffees really like that?
With this coffee, we wanted to highlight an extremely clean and tasty coffee from West Java - and thus break with all expectations of what Indonesian coffee tastes like.