Why Should You Know Giling Basah?


In the Bahasa language of Indonesia, Giling Basah means "wet hulled." That's not very exciting by any measure, but it refers to a part of the coffee process that is specific to Indonesia and creates a signature flavor. Wet-hulled coffees can have more body and lower acidity, but they also fall short of the sweetness and aroma uncovered by other methods.

If you have any interest in coffees from Indonesia, and are looking for some reason why you like them (or perhaps why you don't like them), it's worth your time to learn about Giling Basah.

Jul 2000: Sumatra 5 : Jamaica 0; New Coffee Updates

Sat, 2000-07-01

Sumatra 5 : Jamaica 0

Mar - Apr 2003: Home Roasting and Freshness; It's Sumatra Time!; It's Nice to Be Near the Port…; …and It's Nice to Be Near the Brokers…

Sat, 2003-03-01

It's Sumatra Time!

Coffee is a crop. It may seem odd to think of coffee this way since it is also a dried seed from a small fruiting tree. And we don't think about the crop cycle of other dried seeds on our kitchen shelves. But there is a particular window of time when a new crop of coffee arrives at the Oakland port (a mere 5 minutes from our shop) and all the good coffee buyers are on the hunt for the best lot.

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