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Sulawesi Toraja


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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

A shade-grown coffee from the Indonesian island previously known as Celebes. This coffee is the "sleeper" on this site, and one of our personal favorites - an outstanding cup for those who like a clean, full-bodied, aromatic, wild and spicy, highly-complex brew. How's that for a string of adjectives! You will be able to smell the nuttiness of the freshly-brewed coffee from 100 feet away - no joke. Equally good for jump-starting your day or washing away the unpleasantries of those rare "bad days" we all have. The Toraja is a cleaner, slightly brighter cup than our other Sulawesi, the Kalossi.

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

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryIndonesia
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWet Hulled
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,300-2,000
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:5
  • Complexity:5
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:4
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:heavy bean
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:-
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:-
  • RegionNorth Tana Toraja, Southern Sulawesi
  • VarietyTypica, Catimor, and S795
  • DryingSun dried

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by on April 29, 2018

This is our current house favorite. One of the best coffees ever! We look forward to our morning coffee when it is the Sulawesi and I bought 25 pounds to be certain we don't run out. I stop the roast right at second crack.

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by on March 29, 2010

Tried this at Full City Plus, rested 1 day and it tasted really burnt. Tried again at Full City and let it rest for 3 days. It was perfect, perfect, perfect! Cathy

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by on June 20, 2018

Full bodied, chocolatey, sweet, mild a touch of earthiness that isn't overbearing. I stop it about 15 sec into second crack and brew it at 178°F. This is only the second day after roast, so it should only improve in complexity.

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by on January 31, 2012

I ordered some Jamaican just to see if it was worth the price, it's not. The Sulawesi is far better. A wonderful cup. The kind of flavor that makes say WOW! Take it off the heat just shy of second crack, or, for an entirely different taste, a few seconds into. But for gosh sakes, don't burn it !

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by on November 5, 2018

Does anyone have a good roast profile for this bean?

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by on May 27, 2008

Roasted at City+ it was very woody/earthy, and I noticed that sweetness and spiceness. I hate to overroast a nice coffee, but I couldn't get enough of this coffee when I roasted it darker (FC+ and up). Even without rest this coffee is nice, though rest really did nice things.

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by on February 3, 2007

I keep going back to this one. Definitely has become my favorite as well. No matter how I roast it, it is good, full-bodied and flavorful. If you haven't tried it, you need to--just once & you'll be hooked!

Right on!! I had those same thoughts when I first tried it ~10 years ago...and it's still one of our favorites.

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by on June 15, 2020

What a delightful coffee. Glad I latched onto it. Great balance of brightness, complexity, body and finish. I prefer medium roasting, to just at the very end of the first crack. No oil showing on the beans. Two or three day rest and you're good to go. Fascinating how very different Sulawesi is from its cousin--Sumatra. Easily a top three coffee in my book, along with some of the top Kenyans. Toraja works for me more so than the other varietals. There was a HUGE improvement between one day rest and three days. One day result was 'meh'. Three was 'wow'. Patience, Grasshopper.

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by on August 18, 2019

This is my wifes favorite bean and one of my top two Indonesians. It roasts fantastic, in my case a nice pre second crack medium roast, with few outliers/odd beans post roast. Don't be afraid to stop it before second crack! We like it best after about 3 days rest. Outstanding.

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by on May 17, 2019

Consistently excellent

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by on February 24, 2019

This coffee has so much complexity but is very approachable. Went with a FC roast and it brought out so many flavors. Will buy this one in the future along with the Misty Valley. This one has a new place in my regular orders

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by on February 5, 2019

my favorite coffee, glad to find it. do you run out of it?

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by on October 3, 2018

Nice body, not too bright, good coffee. Roast takes a little longer than some to get to second crack, but I stop at hint of second crack. Let rest for a day of so.

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by on September 26, 2018

New to roasting but I've tried this and it has become a favorite. Even with minimal experience it came out excellent.

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by on May 19, 2018

It's a full bodied coffee with excellent flavor and aroma.

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by on May 7, 2018

We love this coffee!

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by on June 9, 2011

This is one of my favorites. I love it roasted at full city. Arlene

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by on May 27, 2008

(Editor: could you sign that last post as from "Evan in Lowell, MA"? Thanks.)

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by on November 30, 2007

I first tried Sulawesi at a Greenberry's Coffee shop in Palm Beach County. It was great, but nothing can beat roasting this stuff yourself. A FULL RICH bean that shines blindingly in the pan as it gets darker and darker...Just roasting it is a pleasure! I never met a cup of Sulawesi I didn't like. Its smooth and robust at the same time and definitely will give you a 'lift'. Maddie

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by on January 17, 2007

This is our favorite coffee, too. I knew I perfected my roasting/brewing technniques when this one came out as the best I've ever done.

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by on July 8, 2019

Simply excellent. Roasted about 10 seconds into 2nd crack. My new favorite.

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by on May 18, 2018

Sulawesi beans are harder to roast than normal Arabica beans; it also took much longer to reach 2nd crack. The taste is dull as a single or as blend but the caffein is high. I think this particular bean is Robusta rather than Arabica.

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