Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Roaster's Blog of May 6th, 2009 by Ted King


Brewed a pot of Flores Bajawa this morning at The Warehouse. Kohana Coffee is one of a few roasters offering this sensational Indonesian coffee that became commercially in demand only 5 years ago.

“Flores” is the name of the island it is from, and “Bajawa” is both the people living there, and the harbor village where this coffee grows. It was recently certified organic in the U.S. and European markets. Our supplier of Flores Bajawa, Royal Coffee of Berkeley, CA, reports that the island is inhabited by gigantic rats, Komodo dragons, and massive saltwater crocodiles. We love what that adds to the cup.

When roasting, I often think about our coffees origins and want to research these places to expand my knowledge of Kohana’s products. Coffee roasting can be a meditative practice for me. Sometimes my mind takes me to Africa, South America, or Indonesian islands as I dream about these places. What would it be like to grow coffee and live in a place like Flores? What would a Bajawan coffee farmer think about drinking his coffee in Austin if he came here?

Despite having our hands in the same bags of coffee beans, I am removed a world away from those whose coffees I roast.

Stay tuned ~


1 comment:

  1. Yum! The Flores truly is a gem of a coffee... I absolutely love it cold brewed!