On our visit to Kota Kinabalu in July, one item we wanted to bring back with us was some local coffee. Kota Kinabalu is located in Sabah, Borneo, the “Land Below The Wind”. This region of Borneo is famous for it’s coffee, especially in regions such as Sepilok, Tawau and Tenom. Tenom Coffee, or Kopi Tenom, is among the best produced in this region.
There are two main coffee plantations in Tenom, Fatt Choi and Yit Fho. Both plantations roast their Robusta beans in the traditional method, by roasting them over a wood fire. Both offer a variety of coffee products, such as whole beans and powders (ground coffee). We picked up a couple types of beans in Kota Kinabalu, including these Rich Land Borneo Coffee Beans from Yit Fho.
We’ve been slowly working through these beans, finally using up the last of them today. The coffee is a little on the mild side, with some bitterness. There is a nice, rich aroma when brewing is completed, but this usually dissipates after the first cup or two is poured. I think the mild flavor may be due to my own typical fault of trying to be stingy and using too much water for the beans, resulting in diluted coffee. Alas, I finally realized this only today, now that the beans are used up.
We do have another pack of beans from Borneo (Fatt Choi), as well as coffees from Vietnam, Bali and Tahiti to try. Hopefully these turn out better than the one I just let get away.