When we first cupped this sample from Manggarai, we were astounded as the flavours reminded us of jasmine tea with honey. The acidity was subtle and the texture was very smooth unlike what we expected from local coffee.
Thanks to Pak Andre, we are able to try the long lost ‘kopi unggul’ from Flores.
Region: Lmaba Leda, East Manggarai, Flores
Elevation: 1200 – 1400 meters
Coffee Species: Arabica
Coffee Cultivar: Kartika 2
The coffee beans from Manggarai province, Flores used to be known for its honey process. However, due to the ‘incident’ back then, most coffee trees were destroyed. It was not until 2003-2004 when they start replanting the coffee trees. Now the coffee trees grow in the forest, among cacao trees, teak trees, and many other.
In the honey process, right after the coffee cherries are hand-picked, they are sorted by hand and by dumping them in water (to remove the floaters). On the same day, the selected cherries are pulped and then delivered to the drying area. The pulped cherries are dried on a raised bed with plastic net. The honey process coffee are usually dried 12-14 days before they are milled.
-as told by Pak Andre, Tuang Flores Manggarai