One of the larger Indonesian islands in the Lesser Sunda archipelago is the island of Flores. The island was first discovered by the Portuguese in the early 15th century when the name “Coba da Flores” was given to this beautiful place because of the coral formations around the island. One of its natural wonders is the “Tri-Color Lake” which is literally three different colors, consisting of bright blue, red and green tones. Over the past couple of years the island has been visited by paleontologists and biologists due to the discovery of miniature elephant fossils and the three foot Homo Erectus skeletons that date back over 18,000 years. The island is also home to Komodo dragons and saltwater crocodiles. This particular lot is from the Bajawa region in the Ngada district along the slopes of the Inerie Volcano, where most coffee is grown on the island. Within Ngada, coffee is planted on an estimated 6000 hectares of which 90% is Arabica species. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of S795 Flores, Typica, Catimor and Timor hybrids with shade trees such as Bamboo and Juria to protect it from sunlight. All coffee here is grown and processed by cooperatives organized by the farmers, with a total of 12 different groups now operating in Bajawa.
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