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Tasting Notes: Bakers Chocolate, Orange Juice, Juniper, Molasses
Region: Kintamani Highlands of Central Bali, Indonesia
Altitude: 1,200-1,600 M
Process: Hand Picked, Wet-hulled, Two-step Sun Dried on Raised Bed
Variety: Bourbon, Typica, and Catimor
Bali Blue Moon is a Royal staple named after the hallmark bluish hue of the bean produced from the wet-hulling process called Giling Basah in the Indonesian language. The bulk of Bali’s coffee production comes from small family-owned farms where each producer uses a few acres to cultivate coffee along with citrus trees in the volcanic soils of Mount Agung’s Kintamani highlands. They carefully sort their harvested cherries before depulping and fermenting overnight with their own micro-mills. Then the coffee is washed and laid out on patios to shed the excess water from the coffee parchment. Next the coffee takes a detour from the conventional path of processing in other origins, wherein, the coffee parchment is removed while the coffee still has a high moisture content. This wet-hulling process or Giling Basah leaves the coffee bean exposed while drying on patios to a moisture percentage acceptable for export and gives the beans their distinct bluish color.
Balinese producers continue to maintain a traditional rural lifestyle organized around a Subak Abian, which is a reference to the ecologically sustainable irrigation systems developed more than 1,000 years ago. These traditions are followed in coffee cultivation, which means pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are never used.