Sulawesi Toraja Sapan - medium roast, notes of grape, caramel, and sandalwood.
Grower: Toraja Coffee Growers Cooperative
Variety: Typica, Catimor, and S795
Region: South Sulawesi Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Harvest: May- September
Altitude: 1,300 – 2,000 meters
Soil: Volcanic loam
Process: Wet hulled and dried in the sun
This coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Toraja Coffee Growers Cooperative located in the central mountain region of the South Sulawesi province on Sulawesi Island (formerly known as Celebes), Indonesia. Sulawesi is a starfish shaped island, far older than the rest of the Indonesian archipelago, with a complex geography that includes thousand-foot rock walls exploding vertically out of rice paddy fields and capped in perpetual mist. The Toraja people are an indigenous group with a traditional village lifestyle that includes houses resembling boats and animist rituals called aluk to dolo (the way of the ancestors) that are reminiscent of Santeria. In recent years the Toraja Coffee Growers Cooperative has been collaborating with an NGO called VECO, which is dedicated to improving farmer access to better agricultural practices for quality coffee production and improving coffee farm infrastructure. The partnership has helped to improve quality, increase earnings from coffee sales, and is strengthening farmers’ livelihoods.