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Coffee Update: Caravan’s Wahana Estate from Caravan Coffee Roasters is coming soon!

In other coffee news we will also be introducing another guest coffee from Caravan Coffee Roasters in London in the coming weeks. 

Caravan’s Wahana Estate will be making its way to our espresso bar. This coffee has a creamy mouthfeel and a clemtine acidity. If we at The Bookshelf do our job right when serving this coffee you will also find notes of clove and plum. We are looking forward to this one so keep an eye on our social media for info.

The processing of Hunkute

Wahana Graha Makmur translates to "Vessels for Great Success", and the estate's mission is not just producing high-quality coffee, but also to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers throughout the region; they do this by offering advice, and farm management to neighbouring farms.

The estate is made up of 500 hectares, of which 250 hectares is planted with coffee, with 13 different coffee varieties, which are each carefully separated into lots, to produce distinct single varietal coffees. These include some local Indonesian hybrids, such as this P88, Longberry, Rasuna, Andong Sari, Toraja, Jember and Jantung. A further 30 hectares of the estate is used as a coffee nursery to raise the full range of single varietals grown by the property.

Also, a large part of Wahana Estate is protected land; this conservation area includes many native species of plants and tree's, which sprout along its rivers and valleys.

Wahana has its own wet milling facility, installed in 2009, and most of the estate's coffee is fully washed - which is unusual for Indonesia. Cherries are picked only when fully ripe and sorted and graded by hand when they reach the dry mill, before being pulped. The coffee is then fully fermented until the mucilage becomes removable, is thoroughly washed and dried on the factory’s extensive patios to 11% humidity. 

The estate is an important local employer with between 800 and 1000 workers, whose families have the use of an on-site health clinic. Workers are provided with free housing, electricity, drinking water, healthcare (including free medicine), and kindergarten and nursery for young children. The estate has also built a church and small mosque inside the farm's grounds. The farm is also Rain Forest Alliance Certified.

● Origin: Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
Producer: Wahana Estate
Altitude: 1250 - 1350 meters
Varietal: P-88
Process: Washed
Score: 87pts

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About the Author Paul O'Carroll

Paul O'Carroll is the owner of Bookshelf Cork and co-owner of The Bookshelf Kerry. As a barista he is in charge of all things coffee. When he isn't plotting new ways to create amazing new coffee, brunch or dessert ideas, he likes to explore the Wild Atlantic Way of Kerry and Cork. He also writes about what makes these amazing 2 counties special.

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