In the beginning of the 60’s, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) established an identity code for each exporting country that, followed by the exporters code and the loading/shipping number, is stamped since then in each bag of coffee. As a small tribute to the history of the bag of coffee, Cafés El Magnífico wants to contribute perpetuating this traditional numeration.
Sunda Radiophare coffee
Klasik Beans - Cooperativa
Klasik Beans
Sunda (South Bandung)
1.200 – 1.500 masl
Typica and Catimor
Wet-hulled, sun-dried (Giling Basah)
0,29 €. / cup

Sunda Radiophare coffee

From 9,00 to 36,00

Do you know what it costs you a quality coffee prepared at home?
Using 8 grs. (customary measure) drink a cup of this extraordinary coffee for 0.29 €.
Yadi and Eko dreamed of producing quality coffees. Their meeting with Oceane, an agronomist and delegate of the french embassy in Jakarta, was providential. While she consulted with CIRAD's experts on technical aspects in improving the processing method, they created Klasik Beans with a small number of producers.
Working side by side, all three were improving and attracting customers. Oceane left her job at the embassy to become a professor and researcher at the University of Montpellier returning every summer to Indonesia.
After a difficult beginning the reward came with customers from outside Indonesia, specifically from the US and Australia. Today its coffee is also exported to several customers in Europe.
In addition to their 5 wet mills in central Java, they have 2 in Bali, and they buy parchment from Flores and Sulawesi (Celebes), where they invest in greenhouses with sliding plastic doors and raised african beds of 2-3 levels for a good drying.
This batch of Sunda Radiophare was exported with a water activity of 0.60 which ensures a stable coffee with the pass of time and that will not taste like coffee bags or old crop in 2-3 months as they usually happen with the wet hulled process done with little care. With this threshing, it is also possible to maintain this "characteristic" cup of a wet hulled and the typical profile that can usually be associated with an Indonesian coffee, without defect and with good complexity.
The Sundanese (Sundanese: Urang Sunda) are a native ethnic group of the western part of the Indonesian island of Java. They are about 40 million, and are the second most populous ethnic group of all ethnic nations. The name Sunda derives from the Sanskrit prefix su- which means "goodness" or "possess good quality". The term Sunda also means bright, light, purity, cleanliness and white.
Radiophare was the name of the local radio station built in 1917 by the Dutch during the colony. They used it to call home and also functioned as a social club near their summer houses in the cool Puntang Mountains. In 1945, when Indonesia finally gained independence from the Netherlands, the Sundanese people destroyed the station fearing the return of the Dutch. Today all that remains of it are its ruins taken by the tropical vegetation and the locals don’t even think of rebuilding the station since it symbolizes the colony and the days of domination on the sovereignty of the sundaneses.
Milling in Indonesia, and more specifically in the islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi, is unique and deeply rooted in local culture. This, let's say variation, gives the coffees of these islands a distinctive character by which they are known worldwide. A risky process due to the potential to generate defective aromas of wet or mouldy soil but in the best batches offers unique profiles with high density, low acidity and aromas not found in other methods.

After harvest, the cherries are manually pulped and the beans loaded with their mucilage still very moist are fermented overnight (10 to 12 hrs) in plastic bags or wicker baskets and then washed by hand with clean water. Then they are dried to moisture levels of 30% to 40% and here is the variation, at this point the parchment is removed and the unprotected beans are dried in the sun until finally they reach between 12% - 13 % moisture content. For the best lots the beans are classified by size and weight as well as passing through a manual selection.
Intense sweet-fruity fragrance and candied nuts aroma. Very clear, mellow, with low acidity, hints of pollen and honey and a persistent aftertaste.
West Java was the first coffee plantation of the VOC (Dutch East India Company). The Dutch began cultivating and exporting coffees in Java in the XVII century. In the late 1880s rust killed much of the plantations in the Sukabumi area before spreading to Central Java and parts of East Java. The Dutch responded by replacing part of the Arabica first with Liberica (a resistant species, but with an unpleasant taste) and later with Robusta (for similar reasons).
Currently, the plantations of the colonial era of Java provide only a fraction of the coffee grown on the island; now they produce mainly the well-valued Arabica species. Its production focuses on the plateau of Ijen, in the eastern end of Java, at an altitude of more than 1.400masl. Coffee is grown mainly on large estates built by the Dutch in the 18th century. The five largest farms are Blawan, Djampit, Pancur, Kayumas and Tugosari, covering more than 4.000 hectares.
This coffee is appreciated as a component in the traditional blend "Mocca Java”, which pairs coffees from Yemen and Java. Some districts age a portion of their coffee up to five years, usually in large burlap bags, which are ventilated, dedusted and flipped regularly. As they age, beans change from green to light brown, and their flavours gain strength as they lose acidity. Aged coffees can show flavours ranging from cedar to spices like cinnamon or clove, and often develop a dense, almost syrupy body. These aging coffees are called Old Government, Old Brown or Old Java.
Indonesia is one of the richest countries in terms of variety of processing methods as they offer:
A) Semi-washed: dry pulped and dry fermented (like the Pulped Naturals of Brazil)
B) Washed: wet pulped and wet fermented (like a Fully Washed from Africa).
C) Natural: whole cherry is sun-dried (common in Ethiopia, Panama and Brazil).
D) Red Honey: dried with its mucilage (as in Costa Rica).

And two types of parchment thrashing:
A) At 12-13% humidity: they call it Dry Hulled, which is the classic threshing like anywhere in the world.
B) 30-40% humidity: classic Indonesian Wet Hulled, originated in Sumatra due to weather conditions. The drying of the beans continues without its parchment until reaching the desired 12% of humidity.