For our August Coffee of the Month we have the exotic Flores Bajawa Ngura. Long time Coffee of the Month club members will remember we also offered this fine coffee in 2012 and 2013.
Flores is an Indonesian island located east of Java. Unlike most of Indonesia the population of Flores is almost entirely Catholic. This coffee is prepared using the "wet hulled" process common to many Indonesian coffees and results in a very distinctive flavor.
Aroma: Sweet and Delicate - I could smell hints of honeycomb and tamarind.
Choir Monk: I'm curious to see how the Flores tastes - I haven't had an Indonesian coffee that I've really enjoyed in the medium roast so I'm interested to see how it turns out. We'll evaluate in the usual categories: Aroma Acidity Aftertaste Body/Mouthfeel Complexity and Darkness.
Choir Monk: Here's what I thought:
Choir Monk: Well I am impressed! The Flores is very complex, sharing many of the qualities of good Sumatran coffees but without the grassy taste that can often be detected in medium roasted Indonesian coffees.
Lay Monk: I agree! This was a grand medium roasted coffee. My notes were quite similar to yours.
Choir Monk: I thought this coffee was very good! It was very smooth and the complexity was pleasing. I can definitely say that this year's Flores is every bit as the ones we enjoyed several years ago.
Aroma: Nutty and intense with sweet hints.
Acidity: There was some initially but it faded into sweetness very quickly.
Aftertaste: I thought the aftertaste was nice. Light and fragrant.
Body/Mouthfeel: Syrupy and full.
Complexity:I really like the complexity - In addition to what you noted I also tasted hints of roses and berries.
Darkness: I'm calling it about a medium darkness.