Today, Armeno Coffee Roasters will start our 2010 Featured Roast of the Week blog series with a coffee that has been hard to find in recent years, but was previously a favorite of our customers – Bali Blue Krishna.  Bali Blue Krishna is one of our certified organic selections, and as rare as it has been in the U.S., you may not want to wait to try some.

Bali is a small island in Indonesia, located between the island of Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Bali is a unique province in Indonesia, and is home to most of Indonesia’s small Hindu minority.

Topographic Image of Bali

NASA Generated Image

As you can see from this topographic image of Bali, the island is dominated by several volcanic mountains, the most active of which is Gunung Agung which erupted as recently as 1963. Gunung Agung is the lightly colored feature farthest to the right in this image.

The coffees of Bali are wet-processed and the Bali Blue Krishna offers a bright, clean cup while maintaining an earthy Indonesian island character. In recent years, most of this coffee has been traded to Japan, making it extremely hard to find in the U.S., and we are excited to be able to offer it again.  Armeno Coffee roaster John Parks roasts this coffee to early second crack to bring out some of the more chocolaty characteristics and complimenting the coffee’s syrupy body and nutty finish. John says this coffee is great both for drip coffee makers and for espresso.

Bali Blue Krishna

Photo by Sue Teplansky

When we took the pictures from today’s roasting session, I had the opportunity to sample the freshly roasted coffee, and I was impressed with how the fruity and nutty characteristics were so well balanced. In this photo series, you can see the green coffee beans, John Parks pouring the coffee beans into the roaster, and the roasted beans cooling after emerging from the roaster.

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