"It is quite rare for this area to get a Balinese coffee, but we have it, and we want you to try it." - Vienna Coffee Company blog.
The fact of the matter is, it is indeed quite rare for this region to get coffee from Bali, particularly the relatively rare Bali Blue Krishna organic coffee that Vienna Coffee Company, located locally to Knoxville in Maryville, TN, now is able to offer. Nearly all Balinese coffee gets shipped either to Japan or to very select markets in the United States, usually in large cities where its somewhat niche appeal will find a fuller audience. That this coffee has a niche appeal, though, is surprising considering how interesting and unique it is.
"This one [Balinese Blue Krishna organic] is really a party in your mouth. Some seem to really like it, and some seem not to." That's what this Examiner was told when talking about the Balinese Blue Krishna coffee at the Vienna Coffee Company roastery before he bellied up to trying it. The words are accurate. This rare Balinese coffee didn't taste like any other coffee that he's ever tasted. The reasons: Bali presents a unique growing situation even within Indonesia and then processes their beans using a partially wet-processing method, whereas most coffee is processed via a dry processing method. Details of that aside, it results in a bright, clean cup of coffee that still retains enough of the rich, dark character of Indonesian coffees that makes Sumatra Mandheling so overwhelmingly popular among rich-coffee lovers.
The experience of this coffee, besides a characteristic Indonesian richness and volcanic soil characteristic, is a certain tanginess that's completely unexpected and entirely pleasant. Vienna Coffee Company roasts this coffee to the perfect level: the full city roast, which really complements is medium-but-lightly-syrupy body and nutty finish. It makes a fine espresso, one that is strongly reminiscent of the cups available in Tuscany, and even that does marvelously to milk to create an overwhelmingly interesting and delightful cappuccino or latte. It does well brewed also, either in a French press or drip machine, and the flavor notes of the brew, when taken black, are tantalizing and poignant, though it comes out slightly less tangy this way than when brewed under pressure. With sugar, the "party in your mouth" is most noticed, and with cream, the flavors mellow and mingle into a very pleasant cup that's hard to put your finger on but easy to enjoy fully again and again.
To order some Organic Balinese Blue Krishna coffee from Vienna Coffee Company, you can follow this link to the Bali Blue Krishna page on their website and place a web order, unless you live in or around Knoxville. If you're a local, then by all means, buy your coffee locally and either support a local business that carries it (see here for a complete list) or visit the roastery in Maryville (106 Everett Ave. in Maryville, TN).
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