We are super excited to offer this unique coffee hence we have chosen Frinsa Estate’s coffees for several years in a row. And there is a reason behind this long-term relationship. The Frinsa Estate not only works hard to keep up with the quality but they are always looking for a way to reach new horizons, by being open-minded and experimenting. That is the same way, how we deal with our everyday work here in Rocket Bean Roastery. As a result, we are having this lot, which has been processed in an anaerobic manner. Generally, we find Wildans coffees pretty unique and different from most other Indonesian coffees.
But be warned, this coffee for many people may look ugly, and the experiments are totally wild! But in a cool way. No, they don't taste like coffee as you know it, some would say: sweet spices, candy-like fruit, others say: dill, ginger, and kombucha, and there are definitely a lot of layers. It’s hard to explain and define the profile, but if you manage to roast and brew it correctly this coffee can taste really delicious and totally offbeat.
At Frinsa Estate all the family is involved in the coffee production - starting from owner Wildan Mustofa and his wife Atieq Mustikaningtyas and continuing the traditions by the kids: Fikri Raihan Hakim in operational and Yasmin in administration. Also, the other two kids Salma and Rifa help with marketing. In this case, the cherries have been bought from a community of smaller out-growers. They grow coffees based on the cultural heritage mixed with new and modern perspectives from agronomists etc. Wildan at Frinsa has a very strong passion and belief in the potential of the smallholder's coffee. He had to prove that he could make a better coffee than the usual one from the region. After he won a number of prices internally they started to listen to his advice on improved farm practices. Besides managing his own estate Wildan has established strong relationships with smallholders in the local communities and is buying cherries from out-growers.
The coffee farm
The farm is located in West Java, locally called Sunda. It’s a farm at about 110 hectares located 1300 - 1600 masl. They have a wet mill located at 1400 masl altitude, as well as a well-ventilated storage space (It’s just a good warehouse, that naturally keeps a stable temperature) and a dry mill. This means they are in full control of their product from harvest to grading, sorting, and shipment.
Frinsa Estate has 6 main growing plots spread out in the area. And they buy cherries from a few selected out-growers in the surroundings of the Estate. These coffees are sold under the brand name Frinsa Collective.
Wildan and his wife Atieq started their first coffee project in Sindangkerta, Weninggalih area in 2010. This later became the main growing area at his farm Java Frinsa Estate. Since the first year of production, Wildan has aimed to focus on quality which requires meticulous attention and processes. While the majority of Indonesian producers are doing the wet-hulled coffees, even for specialty, Wildan is focusing on the fully washed (They use very little water for the washing. But they have pits for rinsing. No advanced water treatment.). Besides the quality and social and economic impact for the community, we believe the coffee project also has long term benefits for water.