Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes, is located in the center of Indonesia’s Malay archipelago. The Toraja people, indigenous to the central mountainous region on Sulawesi Island, have grown coffee in the region since the 1700’s. In 1976, a Japanese–Indonesian joint venture known as TOARCO introduced the washed process to Sulawesi and began exporting to Japan.
This unique bean was not available in America until recent years. The earthy sweetness and subtle spicy quality of the Toraja cup has created a strong demand in the specialty coffee world.