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Sulawesi Kalossi

SKU SULAKALOSSI

Starting at $7.50 / lb
As low as $6.75 / lb
raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

From Sulawesi, the Indonesian island previously known as Celebes, "Kalossi" is the former Dutch word for the island. It predates "Toraja" as a name for this coffee. The producers in this region have many acceptable conditions for growing coffee like volcanic soil and thick forests for shade that maintain moisture needed for the coffee plants. Small family farms grow and process their own coffee cherries and use the wet hulled process method that leaves the beans exposed while they dry on patios then they are collected and transported to a central dry mill for final preparation, sorting, and exporting.

The Kalossi is an outstanding cup for those who like a full-bodied, aromatic, wild and spicy, highly-complex brew, and a little funkier than the Toraja. Compared to the Toraja, the Kalossi picks up some additional earthy character from the additional chaff.

Cupping Notes: Clean, sweet, and earthy with a heavy body, low acidity, and notes of pepper and spice- a classic Indonesian coffee.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CategoryConventional
  • CountryIndonesia
  • Local RegionTana Toraja
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyCatimor, Typica Hybrids
  • Altitude (meters)1,100 - 1,900 masl
  • HarvestJune - December
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:5
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:4
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:light bean
  • Nutty:medium bean
  • Earthy:heavy bean

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by on May 13, 2022

I have been drinking Sulawesi coffee for more than a decade, and just recently decided to roast my own beans . . . after just few roasts I was able to dial in my time/temp cycles with these beans to get the roast how I like it . . . super excited to take my coffee experience to the next level :)

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by on April 30, 2022

This is a very good bean at City roast. I like it slightly less than the Toraja, which has more chocolate/caramel profile.

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by on February 2, 2022

What a nice surprise this coffee was. I took it just passed the first crack to a dark chestnut color.Quality is good (but my roasting needs work!) Beans are uniform and roast evenly. Will try removing before the second crack on this next batch

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by on December 14, 2021

Nice cup of coffee. Light city roast.Little chafe when roasting which is nice .

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by on November 21, 2021

Roasted to Full City/+ on an SR800 with ext. tube. Actually went a little darker than I had intended. Took the roast along the same time/temps as previous City/City+ roasts, but it really progressed quickly. Second crack came soon after first, so be aware. A pleasant spice was probably the first thing I tasted. That and an earthy nuttiness were the most prevalent flavors. Didn't taste the chocolate per the writeup. The finish produced a slight floral taste. All in all a good bean, just not in my preferred flavor wheelhouse.

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by on August 14, 2021

What a nice surprise this coffee was. I took it just passed the first crack to a dark chestnut color.

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by on June 23, 2021

this is our second order we will order again when this is gone

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by on February 18, 2021

Quality is good (but my roasting needs work!) Beans are uniform and roast evenly. Will try removing before the second crack on this next batch, but the first batch was definitely drinkable, just needs finessing. They also packed the beans very well. I received an intact, well-filled bag in a timely fashion. Other suppliers sent beans in flimsy bags that burst during shipping. I will buy from them again.

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by on October 28, 2020

Great flavor! The beans are fairly uniform & roast pretty evenly. Med-dark seems to offer the best profile for me

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by on October 15, 2020

This is really good coffee. I'm new to roasting and it still turned out tasting great. I did burn second batch by going too dark but I think just beyond second crack is good for me. Want to try the Torajo next.

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by on October 3, 2020

Nice flavor roasted well. Smooth and rich

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by on August 15, 2020

We recently got a sample pack of 12 different beans and this was, by far, my family's favorite. I roasted in a hot air popcorn popper for about 4 minutes or so and it is delicious! We have ordered more since the original order. Definitely a well rounded smooth cup of coffee with a little unique flavor.

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by on August 15, 2020

I like a funkier Indonesian to be sure, but this is a very smooth drinker. It's got complexity, but a smooth finish.

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by on January 20, 2020

Great stuff. I roast it in a conventional gas oven. One heaping pint of beans spread over a 12-inch splatter screen for 70 [email protected] degrees.

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by on December 17, 2019

City roast this and enjoy the smooth landscapes of chocolate and rich nutty flavors!! Very low acid and crazy smooth. Even it you let it get cold on you it stays wonderful even in the cooled down state! Last time I tasted Kalossi this good was back in the 1980’s in San Mateo California. Every one who I shared a cup with has given it two thumbs up 👍🏽👍🏽☕️

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by on December 11, 2018

This is my go to coffee bean because of its rich and flavorful aroma and fruity palate. It's very consistent in taste and most enjoyable after a full first crack in my roasting experience. I tried quite of few beans before celebrating this find. I enjoy it every morning as a shot of espresso added to a full cup of French press. That's the best of both coffee styles united!

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by on November 23, 2018

I've been home roasting for nearly two decades. I've tried dozens of varieties and for me, this is THE king of all coffees! In the last two years I have introduced many people to MY blend, half Sulawesi, and they will drink nothing else now. I've gone from ordering 25# once a hear to 25# about every quarter! I've created a MONSTER! Thanks CBC for consistently providing me with my favorite bean!

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by on October 18, 2018

I'm totally new to roasting. Totally new to how good a cup of coffee can be. But all my friends that I've served this coffee to have loved it and I see no reason to disagree with them.

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by on September 9, 2018

You definitely have to hit the sweet spot when roasting this bean. City roast seems to be where the nuttiness and sweetness shine. Do not go into second crack with this one.

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by on May 7, 2018

One of best beans we have purchased. Will by again and again....

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by on March 9, 2018

This particular coffee is what got me into home-roasting 18 years ago. I really love Sulawesi coffees in general, but the Kalossi varital has always been my favorite. But, is has been hard to source for many years from green bean suppliers I've used. Coffee Bean Corral has it and that has led me to ordering this along with several other harder to source coffees they carry. I'm not one of those people that can identify a dozen different flavors from a coffee. But I know what I like and this coffee is one of my all time favorites drum-roasted to just the first few snaps of 2nd C. Kalossi has a very smooth depth that is not too earthy as some Sulawesi's can be. I use this as a single-origin and in my blends too. Thanks to the folks here at CBC, I'm reunited with Kalossi again.

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by on March 6, 2018

This is my favorite green bean available on your site! I roast it to the first crack for the best flavor and smell. It's an awesome bean for either an espresso or a French press cup of coffee!

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