Indonesia Flores from Peet's
I just received this from Peet's -- A special roasting of Indonesia Flores, with only two roasting days. You can see more and order online.
I have taken advantage of these special online-only offers, and they have been wonderful. They ship immediately in a special package that keeps the beans fresh. Here is their email message:
Nice ripe fruitiness and earthy finish. A memorable coffee from one of the least known coffee islands of Indonesia.
We are only offering Indonesia Flores on two roast dates - Jan 21st and Jan 28th.
The island of Flores, 200 miles east of Bali, lies in a vast archipelago of some 18,000 islands stretching from Sumatra, Indonesia to the eastern sovereign nation of Papua New Guinea.
A blessing to Flores' rugged terrain is its numerous volcanoes, the ashes of which create soils for coffee to thrive in. In this remote origin, coffee has traditionally been natural processed – which is to say, dried whole in its "cherry" – and sold into anonymous supply chains for relatively small amounts.
That all changed in 2005 when the Indonesian Coffee & Cocoa Research Institute set out to work with small farmer groups to improve coffee quality and shorten the marketing chain from farmer to supplier. Farmers were taught the lengthy value-added way to process their coffee with the semi-washed method, both transforming the cup quality and returning them a greater piece of the value supply chain.
To start, only two farmer groups participated in this project but by 2007 the price incentive motivated four more to join. In our supplier’s words: coffee quality improvement for smallholding farmers is not only a question of technology, but also social and economic awareness.
We love seeing these examples of quality delivering farmers a better return. We also particularly enjoy introducing you to new coffee origins which deliver such quality beans. The cup has nice ripe fruitiness and that slightly funky, earthen aftertaste of the most interesting Indonesian coffees. If you like these full-bodied, full flavored coffees, try this newly styled cup from one of the least known coffee islands of Indonesia. After a few sips, we think you'll find Flores very memorable.