Our Featured Coffee of the month is from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, one of the first countries cultivated with coffee by the Europeans and currently the fourth largest producer of coffee in the world.
This coffee is grown at high altitudes on the island of Sulawesi. KALOSI is the small town in central Sulawesi which serves as the collection point for the coffee and TORAJA is the mountainous area in which the coffee is grown.
Portuguese sailors first landed on the oddly shaped island, currently known as Sulawesi, in 1525. They originally named the island Celebes. The Dutch arrived in 1605 and within a few years managed to control most of the trade from the island, though it was not fully colonized by the Dutch until 1905.
Though coffee cultivation had already been established in other parts of Indonesia as early as the mid 1600’s the first coffee plantation in Sulawesi was founded in 1750. Most Sulawesi coffee, also known as Celebes coffee, is grown on small farms. The mountainous region of Tana Toraja is the primary region for growing Sulawesi coffee beans.
What Customers Are Saying
Thursday, about 2PM, my receiving department handed me my recent coffee order. Clutching it to my chest, I breathed in the heady aroma. I ran, singing, to my car, where I deposited my recently received treasure.
At 5PM, when I entered the car, the entire interior carried the scent of the fresh coffee residing in the back seat.
5AM Friday morning, I’m in front of the TV, watching the morning news, news paper draped across my lap, and a fresh cup of Ahrre’s in my hand. The remains of the Starbucks bag is unceremoniously deposited in the trash receptacle.
Life is good!!!" -Ed L.