Flores, or Flower Island, is a tiny 360 mile long island 200 miles east of Bali. With its rugged terrain and numerous volcanoes and ashy soil, Flores has very fertile soil – perfect for coffee cultivation. The coffee that is typically grown here is of the Arabica varietal, and is grown on hillsides and plateaus between heights of 1,200 and 1,800 meters, which is higher than most Indonesian coffee is grown. For the most part, coffee here is shade grown and then wet processed before roasting and sale. Before the roasting the coffee goes through a tried and true drying process of being laid in the sun to dry, then being sent to a processor to be hulled out of parchment and and dried again.
The coffees of Flores are sweet, floral, clean, and have a delicious syrupy consistency to them. Flores coffee is well known to boast a lot of character in each cup, and it’s not entirely uncommon to find a variety of different notes in each cup, such as earth notes, mango, melon, sweet tobacco, and forestry undertones.
Key Flores Coffee Profile Notes
Grow Regions: Plateau and hillside
General Cup Profile: sweet, floral, clean, syrupy
Grow Altitude: Between 1,200 and 1,800 meters