Coffees are ready to be tasted

Cup tasting @Hungry Bird coffee shop in Canggu, Bali

Canggu is a coastal village in the southern part of Bali, known for its challenging surfing spots. It is popular with expats that choose to live here. Along with the popularity of expats and tourists, Canggu offers a big variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes.

While we volunteered in a hostel here, I started researching the specialty coffee scene in Canggu and the only place that attracted me was Hungry Bird coffee shop and roastery

. We had incredible V60, espressos, cappuccinos and brunches and I got the chance to meet the owner, Edo and participate in a cup tasting with him and his colleagues.

Barista preparing V60

Barista preparing V60

Hungry Bird features a Synesso espresso machine and in the back of the coffee shop, separated by a glass wall, they have a 15 kg Probat roasting machine.

Probat roasting machine

Probat roasting machine

They constantly train and participate to competitions with their coffee.

Hungry Bird is the place where I saw the most mix of type of customers: digital nomads, families with children, backpackers, tourists and local people. The prices are really good for both coffee products and food.

I had the chance to cup a few amazing coffees and I will list below the ones that were amazing and stood out from the crowd.

Preparation of coffees for cup tasting

Preparation of coffees for cup tasting

Coffees are ready to be tasted

Coffees are ready to be tasted

Panama Geisha Kotowa

By far my favorite, this is their competition coffee. Sweet aroma with notes of passion fruit and banana. Taste like floral, pineapple, dark chocolate, caramel. Very complex and clean cup.

Technical details

Mill: Kotowa Estate
Varietal: Geisha
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1.950 metres above sea level
Town / City: El Salro-Quiel
Region: Panama

Smelling the coffees

Smelling the coffees

Ethiopia Idido G1

Notes of jasmine; peach and strawberry sweetness with citric acidity.

Technical details

Farm: SA Bagersh
Varietal: Heirloom
Processing: Natural
Altitude: 1800m asl
Owner: various smallholder farmers
Town / City: Southern part of Ethiopia, Gedeo Zone, Chelelektu
Region: Yirgachefe

Ethiopia Chelelektu G1

Floral profile with soft citrus and peach notes.

Technical details

Farm: Various smallholder farmers
Varietal: Heirloom
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 2,000 to 2,200 metres above sea level
Owner: various smallholder farmers
Town / City: Southern part of Ethiopia, Gedeo Zone, Chelelektu
Region: Yirgachefe
This coffee is a fully washed heirloom, processed in Chelelektu washing station inside the Gedeo Zone in Yirgacheffe region, Southern Ethiopia. At Chelelektu, the parchment is dried on raised beds under shade for 10 up to 12 days until the bean’s interior reaches 12% moisture, and also hand-sorted at the same time. This coffee comes from around 600 smallholder who hand pick the cherries and is grown wild at 2000 metres above sea level in Yirgacheffe highland.

And tasting them

And tasting them

Flores Red Bourbon

This was the most pleasant surprise, an incredible Indonesian coffee from Flores Island with notes of citrus, pear, apricot and roasted peanuts

Technical details

Farm: Waerebo by Coffee Florist
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Processing: Semi-Washed
Altitude: 1,100 to 1,200 metres above sea level
Origin: Flores Island, Indonesia
Semi-washed is a hybrid process used in Indonesia and Brazil. In Indonesia is called “giling basah”. This process is said to reduce acidity and increase body. The farmers remove the outer skin from the cherries mechanically, using locally built pulping machines. The coffee beans, still coated with mucilage, are then stored for up to a day. Following this waiting period, the mucilage is washed off and the parchment coffee is partially dried in the sun at 10% to 12% moisture content. “The giling basah” process makes this coffee more balance, consider to the low altitude.
These four coffees were the highlights of the cup tasting, but we also tasted Bali Kintamani and Sunda Aromanis from West Java.

If you ever reach Canggu in Bali, please do not miss Hungry Bird coffee shop. If you never tried a cup tasting before or if you did it and want to try again, ask the barista when a public cup tasting will take place and maybe you will have the chance to taste some amazing coffees.

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