Got some Bali Blue Moon coffee in last week and have been enjoying this roast immensely… Here’s what the Pros at Captain’s Coffee have to say about it…..
|“Bali Blue Moon renders a clean and classic brew. Exotic, flavorful, and aromatic. Bali Blue is fully Indonesian in character but without being “earthy”. Full of ripe stone fruit and Dutch chocolate tones, with a rich full body. This is one of my favorites. Bali Blue Moon’s lushness is perfectly suited to French press brewing to intensify its sweet, full body. (Jim’s note: That’s all we pretty much do around here.) The drip method will emphasize the coffee’s clean flavors but brewing with a paper filter will trap some of its aromatic compounds. On the other hand, the vacuum (siphon) pot will deliver pronounced aroma and deeply-toned flavor. The Captain takes this coffee to a medium-dark roast to capture its “sweet spot” and highlight its memorable character. Grown in the Kintamani Highlands of North Bali, Indonesia, this coffee makes a lasting impression. (Jim’s note: I’ve found the bean to roast in an uneven manner—some dark beans emerge with lighter color. Out of caution, I don’t take the roast much past a medium roast level—I’ve gotten good reviews and am always open for a drive by taste test (with Masks at the ready). Among the archipelago nation of Indonesia lies its hidden Jewel, the island of Bali. The eruption of the Gunung Agung Volcano in 1963 caused a delay in the progress of modern-day coffee cultivation on Bali. In response to this situation, the government enacted programs in the 1970’s and 1980’s to help rejuvenate coffee production. With the distribution of coffee seedlings to local farmers, an island wide coffee growing campaign began. Today, the coffee growing area in Bali is an estimated 7,500 hectares. The Kintamani highlands, where most coffee is grown, sits atop a large volcanic plateau between 1300-1700 meters altitude. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, Tangerine and Orange. The Subak Abian is a traditional farming structure organization in Bali, similar to a farmer cooperative. There are 13 different Subak Abians that are currently growing and processing coffee. The “SA” oversee both agricultural technology and religious activities. The promotion of improved coffee growing practices is expected to enhance not only agricultural technology but social and economic standing in Bali as well. This Jewel among coffees stands out with smooth body and overwhelming chocolate flavors.”|
This narrative is glombed from the Captain’s Coffee web site and some of the source of the beans I purchase. I don’t pretend to have the depth of knowledge and expertise as the good people who publish these assessments but I’m learning and passing along the appreciation of the beverage of the gods… Enjoy and drop by sometime….
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