Coffee Java Cimanong

The teen detectives gave the cobwebs a quick taste. “Yep, it’s just cotton candy,” they agreed. “And the magic orb is just a big sweet orange!”

Location Ciwidey Indonesia
Elevation 1200 to 1600 meters
Variety Ateng Djember Typica
Price / 12oz. Regular price $21.00

You are not the kind of roaster who would normally enjoy a coffee like this at this time of the day. But here you are, and you cannot say that the taste is entirely unpleasant.

A vaguely Javanese flavor mingles with cotton candy and late-season oranges. The air sparks with little tracers of acidity, like flecks of tangerine zest in a Coachella sunrise. This is not a typical Indonesian coffee.

You ask yourself: Where are those dirty tints of wet wood? Where are the musty results of the twentieth century, that Javanese wet-hulling process that causes moldy bummer-ness? You will need to taste some more.

Standing behind the hundred-year-old four-barrel sample roaster, your mind drifts. It drifts to steep slopes of volcanic soil on Mount Tambak Ruyung. To the crystalline hot springs situated among century-old plantations. To Java.

You lean over the cupping table and taste. The first sip glides past your lips. Your brain feels like it is trying to find a way out of your skull. You will have to go slowly. You will have to learn everything all over again.

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