Starbucks Reserve® Isla Flores Indonesia

Leaves of red, beans of blue.

Leaves of red, beans of blue.
Brilliant, flame-colored Royal Poinciana trees in abundance greet your arrival on the island of Flores as they have for centuries. In the 1600s, Portuguese sailors marked the trees and gave the island its name as a way to navigate through the Indonesian archipelago.

While the island is famous for those trees, it’s less well-known for its coffee (especially compared to its heavyweight neighbors, Java and Sumatra). That anonymity will change after you take a sip. In the cup, you’ll experience an elegant interplay of maple and butterscotch with woodsy evergreen notes.

The coffee is a unique blue-green varietal grown by six smallholder farms in the Ngada regency, high on the slopes of Inierie, the highest volcano on Flores. These farms, working with the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute and a private exporter, use a washed processing method uncommon in this part of the world. That processing method is part of what produces the remarkable flavor of Isla Flores Indonesia.

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  • Producer: Smallholder farms
  • Elevation: 3,950 to 5,000 feet
  • Coffee Varietal: Blue Flores
  • Processing Method: Washed
  • Tasting Notes: Maple and butterscotch notes
  • Body: Full
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Pairing Flavors: Nuts, spice dishes