Gayo Wine Coffee 100g roasted
Gayo wine coffee is unique to the Gayo region of Aceh, Indonesia. A region known for coffee plantations 1500m above sea level. At this altitude, the plantations don’t produce a lot of fruit however the coffee cherries that are produced are of a very high quality. In addition, the difficulties in producing coffee cherries at this altitude result in higher production costs as the coffee producers pay a premium rate to the local farmers willing to work and continue to produce high quality coffee cherries. Wanting to diversify from the Gayo regions already famous Kopi Luwak, experimenting in different processing techniques using coffee beans without the fermentation process of the Asian civet digestive system, Wine coffee was discovered. Wet processing, natural, honey and others were all tried and after several months, a special coffee with a distinctive taste of wine. It was unexpected and being a strictly devout Muslim part of Indonesia, concern was raised about possible alcohol content. Laboratory tests confirmed that there was no alcohol present, just the taste and sensation of it. A cupping score of 86.25 in the original blend illustrated the incredible potential of this coffee to compete with the world’s finest blends and an incredible number for a coffee produced in a natural process.
How is Wine Coffee produced?
The taste produced from the skin of the coffee fermented during processing. The skin on the coffee cherries grown at altitudes of 1500m or higher are thicker and contain more nutrients than coffee skin that grows in lower areas. The sensation of “wine” produced by the fermented coffee skin is absorbed into the coffee beans during the coffee processing which can take up to 45 days. During this time, all the aroma produced by the fermented skin is absorbed by the beans. Once the drying is complete, the entire cherry is ground down to produce coffee beans ready for roasting. The complexity of this entire process is that when milled, 50% of the coffee produced is broken and not worth the roast into high quality coffee. The combination of the unique production of the coffee cherries combined with the high loss incurred in the grounding to ensure the finest beans are produced result in the high cost and relatively exclusivity of this unique tasting coffee. Imagine the merging of two unique tasting drinks, coffee and wine blending with all their associated flavors and aromas into the perfect cup of coffee and unlike Kopi Luwak that is produced in Java, Bali and Sulawesi, Wine coffee can only be produced in the Gayo region and is not found anywhere else in the world.