Beanhunter Coffee Club – ASLAN Coffee Roasters

Written by Jamie|19, October, 2021

What is your roastery’s story/ where did it all begin?
It all began from a journey back home to Indonesia, on a Church mission trip to parts of Indonesia, where I was exposed to some amazing coffee and yet unheard of or not as popular within the specialty coffee industry.

Having not grown up in Indonesia from a very young age with my own family, coffee is the one thing that reconnects me to so many nostalgic moments with them and Indonesia; it’s comforting.

Who is the head roaster?

Any others on your team we need to credit?
Arbert, Roastery Assistant & Head Barista

When did you start/date founded?
1 Sept 2009

What makes you unique?
Our primary focus is on sourcing from various regions of the Indonesian Archipelago, and positively contribute to elevating the reputation of Indonesian coffee & all the people involved throughout the supply chain.

What is your roastery’s ethos?
People have to come first. The business has to profit to be sustainable. Leave an inspiring legacy. Learning is never-ending. Be grateful.

Where is your roastery heading/ plans for the future?
We have recently been given the opportunity to expand our operation not only in sourcing beyond Indonesia but also to scale our roasting capacity to up to 5 Ton per week, and is looking to expand our portfolio in both wholesale and contract roasting.

Why are you passionate about the coffee industry?
It’s filled with so many inspirational people, from the coffee farmers to the end consumer. It one of the few things left in this world that effectively break individualism.

Any coffee competition wins?
We have won bronze for our ASLAN Blend and silver for our Java Jampit Single Origin in the past in the Golden Bean Competition.

How many stores/roasting locations in Australia?
We are running 1 Roastery and 2 Flagships Cafes, and some wholesale partners.

Any special roasting technology you are using?
We’re using Loring Coffee Roaster and the best thing is, it is smokeless.

This week in the Beanhunter Coffee Club you will be drinking…

For the espresso beans, we have chosen the ASLAN Blend, which we roast primarily for milk-based coffee, however, with a ristretto like extraction, you can still get a nice sweetness with an intense body.

Coffee Regions
Sumatra, Sulawesti & Java

Tasting Notes
Hazelnut, Dark Cacao, Earthy, Vanilla Musk

Roast Level
Medium Dark

This is our flagship blend since we begin our journey since 2009, it consists of coffee only from the Indonesian Archipelago only. We have travelled and seek high quality specialty grade beans that each region is able to offer consistently and it remains an ongoing project. Despite the high cost, we remain committed to this blend to showcase what Indonesia has to offer and contribute in any way we can to the many farmers who are involved.

For the filter beans, we have chosen to highlight our new project of sourcing coffee from beyond Indonesia. And for this limited series, we are offering El Salvador Finca Tres Potros.

Origin: Cordillera de Apaneca, El Salvador
Altitude: 1,300-1600 above sea level
Producer: Geca Coffee
Farm: Finca Tres Potros
Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Natural

Tasting Notes: Notes of cherry, red apple, and raspberry accompanied by bright acidity and a medium body

With over a dozen specialty coffee farms in several of El Salvador’s main growing regions, each divided by tablón, Tres Potros/Geca is able to offer a huge range of profiles with harvest on the early side(DEC-FEB). Tres Potros means “three colts” in Spanish, named after the three brothers who own, share, and manage the farm.

Together, they produce some of the highest quality coffee along the Santa Ana Volcano, and consistently place in El Salvador’s prestigious Cup of Excellence. One of the brothers that’s in charge of cherry selection is called Carlos Mendez. He’s very meticulous in cherry selections and always ensure that they are all ripened on the trees before picking them. They also boast a number of exotic varieties, including Pacamara, Yellow and Orange Bourbon in addition to the traditional Bourbon.

Any famous last words?
The only constant thing in life is change.


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