In general, coffees from Southeast Asia tend to taste overtly “woody” and “faded”. These flavors come from improper production methods that leave too much residual moisture in the coffee seeds. This residual moisture leads to “off” flavors (think unnecessarily musky and earthy) that we avoid when purchasing coffee. Because of this, we haven’t purchased many coffees from this area in the last several years, opting for cleaner and fresher coffees from East African and the Americas.
Thankfully, Nichol Colbran and his team at Baroida Estate are trained in specialty coffee production methods, which result in truly clean and flavorful coffees. Instead of musty and old flavors, coffees from Baroida are reminiscent of qualities we find around the African Great Lakes region as well as tones similar to those from Colombia. The result is something completely unique and refreshing – something we are really excited to have back in the roastery each year!
Beginning a few years ago, the Baroida Estate team began testing new fermentation methods atypical for coffees from Papua New Guinea. We tend to find wet-hulled or fully-washed fermentation methods, which make sense given the climatic conditions of this area, and though the estate produces mainly fully-washed coffees, they have also begun producing sun dried-naturals, honeys, and anaerobic fermentation lots.
This is our second year sourcing the absolutely fantastic sundried natural fermentation lot from Baroida Estate. Last year it was one of our quickest selling coffees ever, and this year we purchased more volume to make sure it doesn’t disappear so soon!
The sun dried natural coffees are the result of leaving the coffee seeds inside of the coffee-fruit for 20-30 days. During this time the cherries slowly dry, allowing a specific kind of fermentation to take place which results in wild and fruity flavors. This specific coffee is one of the most fruity and funky coffees we’ve ever tasted, and still it retains a beautiful structure and brightness in the cup. We specifically taste flavors of blueberries and fruit punch, which makes for one heck of an experience. Drinking this coffee is like sipping a summer sangaria!