This Jewel among coffees stands out with smooth body and overwhelming chocolate flavors.
The cup starts off with low acidity and smooth,overwhelming flavors of strong dark chocolate, The tanginess of black licorice, pepper, and a deep rich syrupy body with a variety of spice flavors that lead to an unforgettable aftertaste with hints of orange and grapefruit
Rain Forest Alliance Certified
Location: Kintamani Highlands, Bali, Indonesia
Altitude: 1,300 - 1,700 meters
Varietals: Bourbon, (S 795 & USDA 762) Typica, Catimor
Process: Hand picked, wet-hulled
Drying: Two-step sun drying on raised beds
Certified: Organic - Rain Forest Alliance
Balinese Blue Moon coffee is a rare and unique Arabica specialty coffee produced by small holding farmers in the fertile volcanic highland area at the heart of the colorful paradise island of Bali. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic. Most of the Bali Blue Moon is shipped to the Japanese Market. We are very lucky to be able to get it.
Bali Blue Moon
- Back Story
In the early 1990’s, when the price of coffee was very low, several farmers began cutting their coffee trees to grow tangerines and oranges instead. Some of the farmers uprooted all of their coffee trees to make way for the new crops, while others planted oranges and tangerines between the rows of coffee trees. This provided shade cover for the coffee and provided the diversification needed to maximize the return from the land.
Farming techniques in Kintamani are relatively uniform. Manure is produced organically by cattle, goats and poultry on the farm and pesticides are never used. The population of coffee ranges from 1,111 to 2,000 trees per hectare. The farmers generally prune their coffee trees using a single stem system. They cut their trees at 180cm in height in order to ease harvesting. In this system, cherry quality depends on branch management; better pruning yields higher quantities of high quality cherries.
Harvesting begins in May or early June and ends in September or early October. After picking the cherries, the farmers sort through to pick out cherries that do not meet their quality standard. After sorting, the outer skin of the cherries is removed by the pulping machine. Then the pulped coffee is put into a fermentation tank for 24-36 hours. After washing, the coffee is sun-dried on patios and drying racks.
Coffee farmers in Kintamani are strongly organized through Subak Abian (SA), a traditional structure of farmer organization in the upland areas of Bali. SA plays an important role not only in agricultural activities, but also in religious activities. Founded on the Hindu philosophy of “Tri Hita Karana” (The three causes of happiness), a great importance is placed on the relationship of the individual to God, to other people, and to his or her environment. Each SA democratically establishes its own written rules,“awig-awig,” and also works to form village cooperatives.