Ultra Wash is how the team in Java refers to their processing methods with this coffee, so that's how we'd like to describe it. On that process:
Red cherries are floated and sorted optically using an cherry sorter machine. They are then pulped and put in sealed barrels with one-way air valves undergo anaerobic fermentation. Afterwards, they are washed using a Pinhalense demucilager machine, then dried for approximately 7-9 days on the patio until they reach around 13 - 13.5% moisture.
After they finish drying, they are then de-stoned, hulled, sorted by pneumatic means using a Pinhalense Combined Hulling & Destoning & Catador Unit Machine, put through a screen size sorter, ran through a density sorter, and then optically sorted using a color sorter machine.
About the producers in Bondowoso:
Pak Echwan leads the community of coffee farmers in his home of Dawuhan Village in Bondowoso, Situbondo, East Java. The village is positioned near the majestic Ijen Volcanic Crater.
Pak has a big vision for his village and coffee farmer community. Being one of the head coffee farmers in his region, Pak took the initiative to dramatically improve the quality of his community’s coffee and began educating farmers on proper farming techniques and agricultural best practices. The villagers quickly took to Pak’s process improvements, and with each year, Pak continues to implement better quality control protocols, as well as investing in better equipment and storage as a result from the increased sales.
PaK works with the export team at Belift to coordinate board & import for his coffees with our friends at Sustainable Harvest. Belift was our original contact in this coffee relationship - they are a younger group of coffee professionals out of Central & East Java reinventing what Javanese coffee means to the industry.