Returning to our roots!
Last week we had the privilege of visiting the farmers in Bali that bring us some of the most amazing coffee to come from the island. In 2022 Bali exported 156 tons of coffee but, only about 25% of that is high quality Arabica. All arabica coffee in Indonesia must be picked by hand and these are the hands that pick them. This is the coffee we pick for you!
This isn't our first time there. The last time was 4 years ago just before we started Catfight Coffee. Returning to the same plantation where we planted coffee trees when Catfight was just a seed of an idea, is, absolutely returning to our roots. After many hugs and laughs we talked about what happned in the past 4 years. We were able to piviot and take advantage of peoples attention who were stranded at home due to COVID. But for the farmers, it's a different story.
Social distancing measures disrupted traditional communal farming practices. Closure of cafes and economic downturn led to a drop in coffee prices, compounding financial hardships for farmers who relied on the crop for their livelihoods.
Amidst these challenges, some farmers demonstrated resilience. They turned to direct-to-consumer sales, utilizing social media to reach a global audience. Our farmers became Organic Certified, Free Trade Certified and doubled down on their efforts to become more gender inclusive. This was the postitive out of the negative.
Coffee from Bali stands out for its exceptional quality and distinctive flavor profile, making it a sought-after choice among coffee enthusiasts. The island's unique geographical features play a pivotal role, with high-altitude plantations, diverse microclimates, and nutrient-rich volcanic soil contributing to the cultivation of superior coffee beans. Predominantly Arabica varieties, favored for their nuanced flavors, thrive in Bali's cooler elevations, adding to the exceptional taste of Balinese coffee.
Cultural influences also shape the coffee's excellence, as local farmers, often smallholders, infuse their craft with pride and dedication. Traditional and sustainable farming practices, including shade-grown cultivation, further enhance the beans' quality. The processing methods, such as wet or semi-washed processes, are executed with care, preserving the intrinsic flavors.
Balinese coffee benefits from a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation, with farmers often adopting organic and sustainable practices. This commitment to quality, combined with the island's rich cultural heritage, results in a coffee that captivates the senses, offering a symphony of flavors and aromas unique to the enchanting landscapes of Bali.
We could not be more proud to have a single origin coffee picked straight from the hands of these farmers, right to your cup.