Celebes Kalossi-Sulawesi-Toraja Bolokan
Our current crop of Celebes Kalossi∗ is sourced from the Rante Karua Estate located in the Bittuang district of Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi∗, Indonesia. After independence from the Dutch, the large coffee estates they built became government owned. Rante Karua Estate was mostly abandoned until 1987 when the government gave cultivation rights to the PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi group. Since then the group has turned the 3,000 acre estate into a pillar of innovation especially regarding land conservation.
They have a major processing facility in the Bolokan Valley at 1,500 meters above sea level. The road from the estate to the processing facility is very rough and rocky with the nearest major city, Rantepao, about 4 hours away along unpaved roads. To assist their farmers PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi maintains the roads for local travel. They have also implemented a revenue sharing system to help farmers get good prices for their crop and have an increasing sense of belonging to the plantation as well as an assurance for a better future. They have invested in school construction for the communities around the estate and also provide the tools needed for farmers to produce Certified Organic coffee.
Coffees from this estate are grown at altitudes of 1,400 to 1,800 meters above sea level in a volcanic loam soil. This coffee is processed full natural. During harvest, cherries are picked and transported to the processing facility. Cherries are then soaked for 24 hours, defective cherries are removed and then the remaining cherries are moved to raised beds where they dry for around 2 weeks to a specific percentage of moisture. Dried cherries are stored until it’s time to mill and export the beans, also done at the same facility. The final step is hand sorting of the beans to maintain the highest quality. This crop is Certified Organic. A rich aroma with nuances of spices, pastry, toffee, and berries. Great full body in the cup. Notes of spices, toffee, dark chocolate, and tobacco along with gentle bright notes of plum, dark cherry, and hints of red wine. Complex and balanced.
∗The name Celebes was originally given to the country by Portuguese explorers. Sulawesi came in to common use following Indonesian Independence from the Dutch/Netherlands in 1945 and is now the proper country name. Kalossi is a specific village in the main growing region of Sulawesi.