Philippine Sitio Kisbong Experimental Wine Yeast 3011
Our 3rd year of very special and experimental “nano-lots” with our partners in the Philippines, this uniquely processed coffee stems from Sitio Kisbong in the Benguet mountain region. This particular coffee has wine yeast added to the anaerobic (in full cherry) fermentation to further manipulate the environment.
Lot 3011 is an increibly small nano lot, only yielding 59.52lbs in total (green coffee).
In 2014, among Kalsada’s first purchase of coffee was from a small community called Sitio Kisbong in Atok, Benguet. Farmers processed coffees from their own backyards with their hand-cranked pulpers and dried them bilao, or winning baskets, on top of their roofs. Despite growing coffee for decades, most farmers regarded it as a secondary crop and only applied traditional ways of processing. Coffee quality was inconsistent, and production was low. On average, each farmer can only produce 35kgs to 50kgs of coffee.
In partnership with Bo’s coffee, a Philippine coffee house chain, we established a small community washing station in Sitio Kisbong in 2019. In years prior, their coffees were processed at Sitio Belis, our first mill. In Sitio Kisbong’s first year of operation, coffees from 14 family farmers went through the natural process. As a result of typhoon rains and winds during this harvest, most coffees from 33 family farmers were washed and dried for 4-6 weeks.
92 points from coffeereview.com! Here is their take:
Blind assessment: Delicately fruit-forward. Goji berry, lime, cocoa powder, fresh-cut fir, agave syrup in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with gently acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, aromatic wood-framed finish supported by notes of cocoa powder and lime.
The bottom line: A gently fruity, experimentally processed Philippines coffee with crisp cocoa, dark berry and bright citrus notes.