The Captain's Coffee
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The Captain's Coffee
Smallholder farmers on the Ijen Plateau grow this certifed organic coffee. It's got a rich, syrupy body and a complex balance of cedar, cinnamon, licorice and dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla bean.
Arrival Date: December 16th, 2016
Acidity & Brightness: Low acidity, sweet
Balance & Finish: Complex Balance of Flavors, Strong Finish
Body & Texture: Rich Full Body,
Flavors: Cedar, cinnamon, licorice, dark chocolate and vanilla bean
Grade: Hard and Dense
Processing: Washed, hand picked, sun dried on bamboo mat
Certifications: Organic, Shade Grown
Variety: S-795 (A Typica hybrid)
Roasting: Dark (Vienna)
Our Review: Any coffee labeled "estate" coming from Java is grown on a government controlled farm, and the vast majority of coffee exported from Java comes from one of these estates. Recently, however, smallholder farmers on the Ijen Plateau in eastern Java have started exporting coffee independently. Our Taman Dadar (meaning Flower Garden--the name local farmers give this area) comes from the villages of Curah Tatal and Kayumas. There is a government estate called Kayumas but it's not the same as the village. This year the Taman Dadar coffee has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance for sustainable agricultural methods and social responsibility--meaning they take care of the planet and the workers!
The most common varietal grown in the area goes by the decidedly unsexy name of "S 795", and is a Typica hybrid, which is also grown on Sulawesi, from which we offer our Sulawesi Toraja. It is grown at elevations of between 900 and 1600 meters above sea level. Although coffee grown here has been organic for generations by default, these farmers just now received official organic certification allowing them to market their coffee as such.
The farms of Taman Dadar seem more environmentally friendly in another way--government farms practice mono-cultural farming while Taman Dadar farmers interspersed Erythrina, Albizia and Leucaena trees. They also grow Parkia beans, avocados, and timber trees among the coffee trees. This allows the coffee to be shade grown, leading to a slower developing, harder bean, and this translates to a little more acidity (brightness) in the cup.
Taman Dadar coffee is processed just a bit differently than that from the government estates. Those coffees are fully washed (wet) processed, while Taman Dadar uses a "wet-hulled" method. In other areas this might be called semi-wet, but here it's done slightly differently. The outer skin is removed by a pulping machine in the late afternoon or early evening. The mucilage covered coffee is then soaked in fermentation tanks for 24-36 hours. The coffee is then washed under running water to remove the sticky fruit, and then sun dried on bamboo mats while still in the parchment (hull) until the moisture content reaches about 35%. It is then de-hulled and spread for final drying down to a moisture content of 12-15%.
This slightly different processing method keeps the fruit in contact with the seed slightly longer and leaving the seed in the hull during the initial drying results in a cup that is slightly sweeter than the fully wet processed government estate coffee. We tasted notes of cedar, cinnamon, licorice and vanilla bean with a bit of dark chocolate mixed with a very syrupy, rich mouthfeel.
This is a full bodied coffee that is suitable for darker roasting. It has the body and depth to handle sugar and cream if you are so inclined. Well, actually we think it is superb without those contaminants, but to each their own! The increased brightness and added sweetness make it a little more balanced than the government estate coffees, though it certainly leans towards to complex side when compared to washed Central and South American coffees. This would be a great coffee with a big pancake breakfast or would go well with a rich dessert!
If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.
Home Coffee Roasters
The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.
Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.
We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.
If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.