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INDONESIA - RADIOPHARE
- Process: Natural
- Varietal(s): Catimor , Line S , Typica
- Region: Puntang, Sunda, Java
- Producer(s): Klasik Beans
- Altitude: 1200-1500m
- Drying: African beds under greenhouses
- Harvest period: May to november
Produced in the Puntang area in the Sunda terroir in the west of Java, this coffee is a blend of typica, line S and catimor. The Sunda people, culturally very different to the Javans, place great importance on the relationship they have with nature. This coffee is produced exclusively under the shade of a variety of trees which produce essential oil (pine, eucalyptus, avocado, coral trees). This coffee is natural processed.
KLASIK BEANS in JAVA
Klasik Beans is a cooperative founded in 2008 by a group of producers in Puntang on the island of Java. This small cooperative shares a similar philosophy to Belco in terms of quality and respect for people and the environment. The cooperative has set itself the objective of helping to preserve Indonesia’s cultural heritage through the creation of organic, sustainable, fair trade coffees. Production must comply with good agricultural practices (nowadays almost 100% organic and fully shade-grown).
The Klasik Beans cooperative has been working since 2009 with nearly 200 producers in the region to develop these terroir coffees with their distinctive characteristics. The plantations extend between high-altitude forests and rice fields over the Guntur, Halimu Tilu and Puntang volcanoes. At each harvest, the cherries are picked manually and taken to one of the cooperative’s 3 cherry processing sites (Pacet, Ciwidey or Garut) to ensure constant quality from coffee bean to cup.
THE TERROIR OF SUNDA
The Dutch East India Company has a 300-year history of coffee that has left its mark in Indonesia in the form of its first plantations. Rediscovered in the high altitudes of the Sundanese region, these original plantations have preserved an ancient variety of Typica that is nearly 100 years old. About 90 hectares of this Typica variety grow beneath forests of pine, eucalyptus and other species. These plantations are managed in a participatory manner by the region’s producers.
They give beans with a lot of character that are contributing to the development of a very distinctive coffee.
All our Java coffees come from this ancient terroir, situated in the Sundanese region to the west of the island. The Sundanese are Indonesia’s second largest ethnic group after the Javanese, who generally inhabit the centre and east of the island. The Sundanese culture and language are very different from those of the Javanese.
The Sundanese terroir is mountainous and hilly. It was very wooded and sparsely populated up until the 19th century. The Sundanese traditionally live in small isolated hamlets. West Java is particularly fertile and an important agricultural area, considered the rice granary of Indonesia. In addition to rice crops, you will also find large plantations of tea and fruit trees.
The Sundanese mentality is more informal, less hierarchical than that of the Javanese. The Sundanese people have a very special relationship with nature.
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