Bali Blue Moon
Balinese Blue Moon coffee is a rare and unique Arabica specialty coffee produced by smallholding farmers in the fertile volcanic highland area at the heart of the colorful paradise island of Bali.
Farming techniques in Kintamani are relatively uniform. The manure used for coffee is produced organically by the animals inside the farm (cattle, goats, and poultry); pesticides are never used. The population of coffee ranges from 1,111 to 2,000 trees per hectare. The farmers generally prune their coffee trees using a single stem system. They cut their trees at 180cm in height in order to ease harvesting. In this system, cherry quality depends on branch management; better pruning yields higher quantities of high quality cherries.
Farmers use permanent shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, and Leucaena on their farms. It is proven that shaded coffee produces better cup quality.
Harvesting begins in May or early June and ends in September or early October. After picking the cherries, the farmers sort through to pick out cherries that do not meet their quality standard. After sorting, the outer skin of the cherries is removed by the pulping machine. Then the pulped coffee is put into a fermentation tank for 24-36 hours. After washing, the coffee is sun-dried on patios and drying racks.
- Roast Level: Medium.
- Region: Bali, Kintamani.
- Growing Altitude: 1,000 – 1,500 m.
- Varietal: Typica, Kintamani.
- Process: Washed, sun-dried.
- Cup Characteristics: Woody, smoky & earthy tobacco; chocolate & cherry notes; spice.