Featured Coffee: Sulawesi – Tana Toraja

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Our new lot of Sulawesi coffee just came in, and to celebrate we’re taking a look at what makes this coffee special. First, here’s what you should experience when you pour a cup of the Tana Toraja:

Spiced brown sugar and nutmeg taste with a definite grapefruit taste and savory clementine aftertaste.

Most coffees in Indonesia are processed “wet-hull” method, which when done properly can produce some really unique and earthy (in a good way) coffees. This particular lot, however, was fully washed and dried at a central drying mill. This method is the standard for specialty coffee and results in a crisp, clean cup. We’ll be talking more about coffee processing methods in the future, but it’s important to know why this coffee from Tana Toraja doesn’t exhibit a lot of the traditional Indonesian characteristics that one would have expected a few years ago.


Our lot comes from the Tana Toraja (“Land of Toraja”) region of Sulawesi. It’s in South Sulawesi, specifically near Rantepao, Tana Toraja.

Arabica coffee was introduced to Sulawesi in 1750. At that time, the Dutch East India Company controlled all coffee production in Sulawesi, and continued to until World War II. The people of Toraja were largely isolated from the rest of the world until that time too, and were ‘discovered’ in a sense by the wider world when Toraja became a tourist hotspot within Indonesia.

What Makes it Different

We sought out this coffee because of it’s unique attributes, and the variety that it could bring to the Firelight lineup. Even in comparison to its Sumatran cousin, the Berner Meriah, this Sulawesi Tana Toraja exhibited such unique and sweet notes that we knew we had to offer it. Our tasting room occasionally offers it as a batch brew, and we even pull a single origin espresso occasionally with the Toraja. It’s rare to find a coffee that really shines in all areas, but we’ve come close with this Sulawesi offering.

Stop by the tasting room and ask for a pour over of it, or grab a bag at the link below to brew for yourself. You’ll be surprised and delighted at the complexity that can come from this Indonesian gem.

Sulawesi - Tana Toraja

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