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Sulawesi G1 Wet Hulled - Mamasa Valley (Aged 36 Months)

Cup notes on arrival
$5.43 / lb $11.97 / bag
Harvest Season 2019/20
Status ETA Nov 2022
Lot Number P603487-1-1
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About This Coffee

This is a Grade 1 wet hulled coffee, aged for 36 months, cultivated in the Mamasa valley in the western province of Sulawesi. Wet Hulling: Coffee cherries are run through hand pulpers to remove the outer skin and most of the pulp. The coffee is then soaked in water overnight, making it easier to wash off the remaining then dried for a few hours to a moisture level of 50%. Before being sold to buyers who take it to a mill with a “wet hulling” machine. They wait for the coffee to lose another 20% moisture. A wet huller works like a dry parchment huller except it applies greater friction and is designed to operate in a wetter environment. After wet hulling, the green coffee is laid out to finish drying.

It was the Dutch government that introduced the process of aging coffee from the East Indies for 2-3 years and the “brownish” beans came to be associated by consumers with high quality and a “mellow” cup. Later, this coffee would assume the moniker “Old Government Java.” Aged coffee became so popular that when disease decreased supply from Java and Sumatra to the point that producers could ill-afford to sit on coffee, they began to “sweat” coffee during its 4-5-month voyage, much of it through the tropics, as an alternative to aging. The coffee would be sealed in the hold of cargo ships to sweat during the voyage, arriving brown. The darker brown the coffee, the higher the price paid. In fact, if a captain managed to deliver “extra brown” coffee, they were paid a bonus.

Harvest Season 2019/20
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Wet Hulled

History of Coffee in Sulawesi

Although coffee was first planted successfully on Java around 1700, cultivation spread slowly throughout what would become the great archipelagic state of Indonesia, and did not arrive on Sulawesi, then called Celebes, until 1750, after the coffee of Java had performed its role as progenitor to the coffees of Central America and begun its ascent to being considered, alongside Arabian Mocha, as one of the best coffees in the world. Somewhat parenthetically, it should be noted that nearly all coffee from any island in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) was considered “Java” until the early 20th century, so Celebes/Sulawesi has no real history on the consumption side of coffee prior to that time.

Growing Coffee in Sulawesi

For a long time, Sulawesi was little more than a footnote as far as the coffee trade was concerned, but with the emergence of the specialty coffee industry, this coffee, grown at higher altitudes than most Indonesian coffee, gained more attention and with more attention came improvements in processing and refinement to wet-hulling. Today, Sulawesi coffees deliver the good body and herbal notes expected from Indonesian coffee, but also some unexpected brightness and fruit.

  • Total Bags In Lot 160
  • Status Forward
  • Processing Wet Hulled
  • Processing Description Aged for 36 months
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P603487-1-1