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Sulawesi Toraja


Starting at $7.25 / lb
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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.

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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 March 30, 2021

Review Summary: I want to begin with a short but succinct explanation of my reaction to this special coffee bean that yields a light body combined with the low acidity resulting in a creamy texture and full-bodied flavor profile. Just after the first crack, it adds a dimension to its complexity that separates it from the pack from coffee in this region of the south-eastern highlands of Sulawesi. Conclusion: It is rare to see a true “wet grinding” process as evidenced by traces of mucilage that add to the fermentation process that remained on some of the beans prior to shipping. This process is less cost effective to the grower because of the extra time and process washing however the result is something special. I also enjoy its low acidity which translates into having more coffee during the day without the occasional gut rot because I drink a lot of coffee. Thanks CBC for bringing this to market.

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by on February 13, 2021

Got a sample of this on my Halloween surprise same pack. Roasted it yesterday up until right before 2nd crack. I have never had a bean that I could ever taste tobacco in, but it shines through in this one. It’s not overpowering but you can tell it’s there, a slight vanilla tobacco. It’s not something that I would have initially bought on my own, but since it came in the sample pack I gave it a shot, and it may be one of my new favorites.

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by on February 12, 2021

Not quite as complex as I'd hoped, I guess everything can't be Yirgacheffe... lol. Plus, I'm new to roasting, so it may also be on me a bit. Still, way better than anything that I've ever bought preroasted. I did find it to be pleasantly balanced with great nutty notes. It was good both at city for pour over and darker for espresso. I will order it again.

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by on November 25, 2020

This coffee has jumped up into my top 10 list. Will definitely become a regular on my shopping list.

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by on November 23, 2020

Wow. Just a perfect cup of coffee. I roasted just before second crack and I got buttery toffee and light nutty tobacco notes. Full body, yet velvety smooth. low acidity. I could drink this every day. I highly recommend this bean if you like a smooth creamy cup of coffee.

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by on November 21, 2020

At this house we like light roasts, yielding 86% or so of the starting weight. These beans delivered, with a very even bean-to-bean color suggesting they were all fully ripe when picked. The really low chaff also speaks to quality processing. Top notch for taste of course but don’t look to me for cupping accolades because of all my additions: sweetener and milk.

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by on November 20, 2020

Just when I thought I found a new favorite coffee from Coffee Bean Corral, BAM I find another one! Great, bold taste. Smooth with the slightest bite, for me. Roasted fast and hot to just before second crack. I only let it rest for 12hrs before my first taste and it was fantastic. I'm eager to see how the taste evolves as it ages.

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by on November 19, 2020

Sulawesi is & has been my Go To coffee & CBC has done a great job in obtaining a fantastic crop! I air roast mine medium at 425F for about 16min to a nice chocolate brown which brings out the sweet, medium body I have come love about this varietal. I purchased 10# & then another 25# before the 1st shipment arrived. It will make a great gift to my coffee loving family this holiday season.

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by on October 25, 2020

My current favorite coffee. I used to prefer Tanzanian Peaberry, but this peaberry is superior. Light, chocolate notes, brightness and boldness. I've ordered other types to compare and nothing does. It's best done at a light roast, IMO, but it will take extra long for a burr grinder to grind because these beans are hard. Its completely worth the wait.

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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 July 8, 2019

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

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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 November 5, 2018

Does anyone have a good roast profile for this bean?

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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 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 May 19, 2018

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

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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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by on May 7, 2018

We love this coffee!

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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 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 June 9, 2011

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

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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 May 27, 2008

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

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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 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 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 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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