Deep, rich, sweet-toned aroma: aromatic wood, hints of nut and cocoa. Fat and full bodied with a slightly rough mouthfeel and a shimmer of acidity animating its heart. In the cup, more cedar-like wood tones and subtle sweet fruit notes that read as dried kumquat, berry and apricot. A pleasant dryness in the short finish, with a hint of astringency in the long.
Roast: Dark Medium
Processing: Wet Hulled
Altitude: 1300 -1400 M.A.S.L.
Harvest: May to December
12 oz. Handcrafted Organic Coffee
Genuine Sulawesi “Celebes” Kalossi
What’s the big deal? Why “Genuine”? Here’s the story:
Sulawesi arabica used to be grown strictly in the mountains in the center of the island of Sulawesi. Toraja (also known as Torajaland) is the mountainous area where the coffee is grown, and Kalossi is the small town in central Sulawesi which serves as the collection point for the coffee from that area. Some shippers call this coffee Sulawesi Toraja, others Sulawesi Kalossi, and a few still refer to it as Celebes (the old Dutch colonial name for the island).
A few years ago, people started to plant coffee around Malakaji mountain, southeast of Makassar, in the very south of the island. The soil and growing conditions in this region are very different from that in the traditional areas, and the coffee is inferior.
An additional problem with the coffee in Malakai is theft; people from Makassar go there at night and steal coffee by stripping all cherries off the trees, both ripe and green. After processing you can’t really see the difference, but the mix of ripe and unripe coffee results in an uneven roast and even worse cup.
As you might imagine, the first picks (all ripe) sell at a higher price, especially that from Kalossi/Toraja; however, since most of the coffee is sold at market in Makassar, the first picks and the lower quality blend often get mixed to lower the price.
The standard Kalossi/Toraja nowadays is, unfortunately, the blend of the good and the bad. Some work with coffee from both areas; only a few, like Out of The Grey Coffee, work exclusively with Genuine Kalossi/Toraja.