The first Single Variety Coffee from Flores, Indonesia
We proudly introduce "Juria" coffee from Flores Island, Indonesia.
For the first time, we have succeeded in resurrecting this heirloom typica variety.
The Juria coffee trees were hidden in the middle of the Manggarai mountains for over sixty years.
After discovering this coffee, we taught the locals how to carefully pick and process the ripe coffee cherries to make certain this is a true “Specialty” coffee.
Juria coffee has a strong body with a very sweet aroma and tropical flavors. It also has a delicious, long-lasting finish.
The History Of Juria
In 1944, a young man from Manggarai went to Maccasar University in Sulawesi to study. His name was Rudolph. After finishing his studies, Rudolph returned with coffee seeds and presented them to the farmers in his hometown. He named the coffee “Juria”.
Juria soon became the most important coffee of Manggarai.
For those from this area who migrate to Jakarta and other big cities, the taste of Juria reminds them of home.
The Juria coffee variety is a descendant of an old and rare coffee species.
It is believed that before Word War II, all the coffee cultivated in Sulawesi was of the Typica variety. In Toraja, central Sulawesi, farmers refer to the old typica trees as “Arabica” and the new hybrid coffees introduced after the war as “Jember”.
Even today, you can still find some of the old Typica trees mixed in among the hybrid coffees on the farms in Toraja.
Juria was one of these old typicas brought from Sulawesi. Its lineage can be identified by unique characteristics such as long beans, slender leaves and the round shape of its strong stems.
Production Of The Rare Juria Coffee
Unlike most coffees, Juria is only harvested during the peak of the season, not at the beginning and not at the end. This ensures that only the best tasting, mature coffee cherries will be selected by hand.
To harvest Juria, the farmers must climb up into the unusually tall coffee trees. Long bamboo poles are laid between the branches of the trees for the farmers to stand on. This allows the farmers to reach the upper branches with their hooking tool and reach the best coffee cherries. There is a circus atmosphere as the farmers walk through the upper branches of the trees, filling their shoulder-slung baskets with Juria while singing traditional harvest celebration songs.
There are strict standards in place for the processing of Juria to ensure production of a high-quality coffee.
The coffee cherries must be pulped immediately after harvest.
The pulped beans are then rested in a breathable bag for 10 hours to make it easier to remove the mucilage from the parchment.
The next morning, the mucilage is completely washed off with clean spring water.
The cleaned parchment beans are then spread on a net bed for drying. That ensures the process is faster and cleaner than drying on the ground.
During the drying process – which takes between one and two weeks - the beans are also protected from rain and brought inside the warehouse at night.
Once dried, the parchment beans are stored in a dark, dry place for two months.
This curing process ensures an even, low-moisture content throughout the beans.
After curing, hulling removes the parchment and the green beans are sorted at least three times for quality.
The first sorting is done by machine, and then sorted at least two more times by hand to remove defected beans, including fermented, immature and damaged ones.
Finally the remaining select green beans are packed in a double-sealed grain bag with oxygen absorbing tablets to preserve freshness. The beans are then shipped to our air-conditioned storeroom in Bali.
From Bali To Japan
Juria coffee is fresh-roasted in Bali on our direct flame roaster by our experienced roast master.
The beans are “flame- roasted” to perfection in the machine's perforated drum, ensuring that the coffee's fragrance and aroma will be developed and preserved within the roasted bean.
Our roasting profile was developed to ensure Juria reveals all its sweetness and fruity aroma in your cup.
Your fresh-roasted Juria is immediately sealed in a speciality coffee bag with a one-way gas release valve and oxygen-absorbing tablets. Each package is then vacuum-sealed again for its shipment to Japan by air.
These extra steps ensure your roasted Juria coffee beans arrive at your door at the peak of freshness.
The Juria Fund
In the Colol basin, the farmers who grow Juria lead a simple and poor life.
Until now, there has only been one organization offering micro-credit support to the farmers' cooperative there. Taman Sari Kopi's support of the “Koperasi Kopi Paito” was a good start to help the farmers, but it is not enough.
With this in mind, we have created the “Juria Fund” to help improve the farmers' overall quality of life with an emphasis on improving education for their children.
At least 5% of our profits from the sale of Juria Coffee will be invested in this fund.
This means your purchase will directly benefit the farmers of Colol and their families.
We are currently in the planning stages for a “House Of Juria” in Colol.
We envision this as a Juria coffee information center and meeting place for the coffee farmers as well as a guesthouse for visitors.
Meanwhile, we will continue our efforts to grow more amazing Juria coffee trees.
We would be happy to have you join us someday to visit Colol and “meet” Juria for yourself.
Translated by J. B. Allen