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Indonesia Flores Laga Lizu Washed

Origin Indonesia /

Region Flores /

Altitude 1300-1500 masl /

Crop Year 2017/18 /

Varietal S795 & Typica /

Product Code 4908

About Indonesia Flores Laga Lizu Washed

This lot represents the best of the limited harvest collected from three plots near the active volcano Wawo Muda - Watu Ata, Ata Gae, and Tubu Tana. Cherry is traditionally wet-processed as opposed to the more prevalent wet-hulled style of Indonesia. This results in a softer, cleaner cup profile highlighting the nuances of the local terroir. This community of farmers chose the name ‘Laga Lizu’ to represent their coffee, which means ‘above the heavens’.

Our second season of project work in the Bajawa & Golewa districts of Ngada Province coincided with one of the lowest yielding harvests in history. The region is blessed with fertile volcanic soil, but an unusually prolonged rainy season resulted in very poor flowering and fruit set. Despite the situation, our involvement with the community resulted in improvements in quality and processes. Together we mapped out top micro-regions, improved protocol for drying, and implemented stricter quality controls.

About Flores

Flores is one of the smaller islands in the Indonesian archipelago, only 580 kms across, and is located 320 kilometers to the east of Bali. Most coffee on the island is produced at elevations of between 1200 to 1800 meters above sea level, and is generally situated on the rugged slopes of the island’s many active and inactive volcanoes. Volcanic soil helps considerably in high quality coffee production, given that the ash creates particularly fertile soils.

Production on the island is predominately shade-grown, and historically pulp-natural processing has been the norm. However, due to large scale growth in the industry, typical pulp-natural processing methods have been increasingly moving to fully washed and wet-hull methods on Flores, as cooperatively run mills are increasingly shifting to these processes.