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Java – Sunda Hejo – Green Unroasted

In Stock: 129 Lbs
Sunda Hejo
Andungasari, Bor Bor, Katrika, Ateng
1200 - 1700 masl
Herbaceous and earthy with mellow cocoa and spices flavors; tart acidity and fruit-like sweetness.
Medium/Dark (Full City Roast)

About: Coffee was introduced throughout the islands of Indonesia by the Dutch in the 1600s, and was first exported by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1700s. Java was the first of the islands to cultivate coffee, and that long history with the plant on the land is part of the reason that coffee is generically known as “java.” Large Dutch-owned plantations were the norm, and the laborers and locals suffered financially and politically under the colonial regime. The 1860 novel Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company outlined many of the ways that the Dutch government and landowners abused and oppressed the Indonesian people, specifically on Sumatra and Java. Poverty, starvation, and destitution were common among coffee workers and within the indigenous communities.

In the 1860s and 1870s, a coffee-leaf-rust epidemic decimated the coffee market in Indonesia, and led to the abandonment of many estates by the Dutch. As the plantations broke up, laborers took up small plots of the land, eventually replanting most of the old-stock Arabica with Robusta coffee and various more disease-resistant hybrids. This land redistribution created the predominance of smallholder growers on the islands, which exists to this day. Taken as a whole, Indonesia is the fourth-largest coffee-producing country in the world, though Java—once a powerhouse producer and the primary origin for the world’s most sought-after supply—has not come near to reclaiming its position at the top of the list worldwide.

Javanese coffees have long been distinguished for their earthy, savory, somewhat vegetal or herbaceous characteristics. This is in part contributed by the climate and the mix of varieties grown, but also due to a specific post-harvest processing style called Wet-Hulling, or locally known as Giling Basah, which imparts much of the unique qualities these coffees have.

Much of the coffee varieties grown throughout Indonesia are crosses or derivatives of Timor, Catimor, Cataui, and Bourbon varieties, as well as some hybrids introduced to the area. Some of the common varieties we see are Andungsari, Bor Bor, Kartika, and Ateng.

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