My sister waited 3-days to get this coffee while she was in Indonesia… then she brought some to Santa Cruz.


It’s a little coffee company called Koffie Fabriek Aroma Bandoeng, otherwise known as Koffie Aroma. Apparently, it’s some of the best in the town she was staying by. I was going to save it for something.. not really sure what for as I don’t know what kind of *special occasion* calls for *special coffee.* Thus, this fruitful Sunday evening, I decided to open the bag and give it a go.

Here are some bullets I gathered about Koffie Aroma:

  • There’s always a wait-list. (eep..)
  • It takes 8 years to complete the process from harvesting to being consumption-ready.
  • Robusta beans are stored for up to five years, while Arabica are stored for 8 years to bring out the best flavor.
  • Kopi Aroma is a coffee company in Indonesia that was founded in 1936 by Houw Sian (1st gen) on Jalan Banceuy, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
  • The coffees are roasted using the same wood-fueled German…

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How Do You Describe Coffee Smell In Words – Visiting Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters


DSC_0814Seriously, I really mean it as a question – how do you describe coffee smell? I’m asking here the people who cherishes or may be even worships the good cup of coffee – how one can describe that “pick-me-up” goodness when you walk into the room and smell freshly brewed, real, delicious coffee made with love? It is hard, right? You can describe the effects of that smell (invigorating, uplifting, awakening…), but not the smell itself. But – if you are into the coffee, it is enough to say “the wonderful smell of fresh coffee”, and we understand each other. And let me throw in a few pictures for the good measure…

When I walked into the shop of Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters in Trumbull, CT, I felt like a kid in the toy store. It was all about coffee – the smell, the coffee makers, huge bags of coffee…

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