Laga Lizu is a blend of four of the highest scoring lots from cooperatives in the Ngada District of Flores. These four coffees originate from four separate small local coffer farmer cooperatives. Crop managers, with the help of an intermediary, work together to identify, separate and evaluate coffees from farms from elevations above 1300 meters. These mountain peaks are referred to as “Wolo’s” and are separately called Wowomuda, Lobotbutu and the active volcano Babomuda. Because of the matrilineal traditions in these areas, most of the land is owned by women and women hold many leadership positions at the farms and cooperatives. Most of the coffees are processed on hand-cranked or motorized depulping machines on the farm, fermented in buckets or small tanks, then dried on raised beds. Because of the nutrient rich soils, they are able to grow coffee using fully organic farm practices, though they are not certified at this time.
This coffee has a wonderful sugar sweet undertones with note of chocolate and dried fruit, including fig. As the cup cools, an herbaceous nature presents itself with hints of basil and tarragon. We’ve always enjoyed Flores in the past and this offering is truly enjoyable.