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This rare coffee is certified organic + roasted by hand. The fair-trade beans - certified by the Rainforest Alliance - are sourced from the volcanic area of Kintamani Highlands on the Indonesian island of Bali, where all profits go back to the community.
Bali Blue Moon is grown by smallholding farmers who follow the Hindu principle of “Tri Hita Karana," (the three sources of happiness): harmony with god, harmony with fellow man + harmony with the environment. It's shade-grown using permanent shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia + Leucaena, which provides a slower growth for a more intense, better tasting bean with a little extra sweetness + acidity than most Indonesian varietals. The fact that the beans are dried with the fruit attached to the seed further enhances the complexity + wild fruitiness. It delivers a dry, winey crispness across the palate followed by a long pleasing finish mingling chocolate, vanilla + smokey exotic spices. The flavor is completely unique, with notes of chocolate + strawberries.
10 oz bag
Style: whole bean
Tasting notes: chocolate, strawberries + syrup
Process: wet hulled
Variety: Bourbon + Typica
Origin: Kintamani Highlands, Indonesia
Altitude: 4,200 - 5,600 feet
No. Six Depot
Handmade in small batches; roasted in the Berkshires, MA
Despite the regional differences of many growers, we scrupulously source coffee that is from the top 10% of the Arabica species. Arabica trees produce a more delicate, flavorful coffee. Our coffees are grown at high altitudes 2000-6000 feet, above sea level, in an equatorial climate with rainfall, sun + mild frost-free temperatures to allow the plants to mature slowly + ensure the most flavor in each bean. They are shade-grown in a natural environment of varied stories of trees, friendly to migrating birds, producing better coffee + eliminating the need for pesticides. Our coffees are hand-picked on mountain terraces + graded for excellence.
We purchase from farms or co-ops that go beyond paying a fair wage. The proceeds from their premium products go directly to the growers + their communities for schools, health clinics + clean water. These farmers are seen as leaders in their communities.
Although many of the small co-ops + farms cannot afford the organic or fair trade certifications, the coffee is all grown using organic + sustainable methods. All of our coffee is traceable to the farm where their practices are documented for no pesticides, sustainability, natural fertilizers + compost.
It all starts with a coffee tree that bears luscious red fruit or “cherries." Coffee beans are the seeds inside the ripe cherries. However, every coffee-producing country - from Indonesia to Ethiopia to Costa Rica - processes the bean differently based on their own unique economy, geography, cultural traditions + available resources.
We try to make as many trips to producing countries as we're able so we can see how the farmers grow their crops, their sustainable methods for using all byproducts, their ways of processing the beans, roasting the beans + preparing the brew. We bring our experiences back home in our continuing effort to roast + prepare better coffee, to inform our customers + to help provide better lives for growers.