Klasik Beans Cooperative
Typica, Catimor, Ateng Super, and Gayo
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This coffee comes from Klasik Beans Cooperative, established in 2010 in West Java. We were introduced to the cooperative through its two founders - Eko Purnomowidi and Dadang Hendarsyah. After learning about a growing opportunity for specialty coffee in Java, Dadang and Eko began traveling to the region to purchase coffee. Shortly thereafter the duo set up a small wet mill in the district of Pangalengan for purchasing and processing cherry from area farmers. They then planted a small plot that would eventually become a model farm for ecologically sustainable coffee production within West Java.
Today, Klasik Beans Cooperative has over 2,000 members. Klasik Beans has five processing facilities, referred to as shelters. Each shelter serves as a purchase point, wet mill, and warehouse for storing coffee. Stumptown’s Java Ciwidey comes from Klasik Beans' shelters in Ciwidey.
Java, an island in Indonesia, contains thirty-eight mountains which form an east / west spine. The mountains have all at one time been active volcanoes. The province of Ciwidey, located in West Java, is an agricultural community with a striking landscape. Terraced gardens and neat rice paddies are prominent; with crops like strawberries and onions growing abundantly.
Java was the first place coffee was cultivated in Indonesia, brought over by the Dutch in the 1600s. In this area of West Java, most producers lease their land for growing coffee from the government. Individual producers then contribute to a cooperative. Coffee production has grown significantly in the region over the last 10-20 years.
Farmers deliver cherry to the shelter and receive payment by the kilo. The day’s lots are combined, depulped, fermented for 16 hours, and washed the next morning. Coffee is then dried on covered raised beds before being hand-sorted as parchment. Finally, the parchment is allowed to continue to dry in covered patios.
The lots Stumptown bought from Java this year are comprised of typica, catimor, ateng super, and gayo varietals. What is interesting to us about this coffee is that it's a fully washed process from a country, Indonesia that is usually associated with the flavor of wet-hulled coffees. In the cup, Java Ciwidey is distinctly vibrant, with rich chocolate notes and a tart raspberry acidity.