India Bagneheddal Chandragiri Natural

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Maltesers, Boozy Orange Marmalade, Spices

This Chandragiri varietal is full bodied oozing with milk chocolate creamy sweetness, balanced with a big orange marmalade note and a characteristic background of spices.

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Where in the world?

REGION

Chikmagalur

FARM

Bagneheddal

ALTITUDE

1280 MASL

VARIETY

Chandragiri

PROCESS

Natural

TASTING NOTES

Maltesers, Boozy Orange Marmalade, Spices

What’s the story?

We have two natural process coffees from Baganheddal Estate and as well as being big sweet chocolatey coffees they are also both fruity bangers, which makes them unusual and absolutely delicious! This Chandragiri varietal is full bodied oozing with milk chocolate creamy sweetness, balanced with a big orange marmalade note and a characteristic background of spices.

Indian coffees continue to surprise us. The last three years we have been finding a whole range of fascinating flavours from estates from around Chikmagalur, the place where coffee was first introduced to the country.  These are coffees grown in biodiversity hotspots in the foothills of Baba Budan Giri, rich in wildlife with coffee varietals unique to India, that are shade grown under forest canopy, producing sweet full bodied coffees with a range of flavour notes from spices through to floral and fruity. 

It’s the latter flavour profiles that have surprised us. We are big fans of chocolatey comfort coffees here at H&G, and the coffees from Melkodige and Ratnagiri do these flavours so well. And then there are these natural process coffees from Bagneheddal Estate, which offer two different coffees: South Indian coffees with bags of fruity deliciousness! 

Bagneheddal estate is located in the Higher Baba Budan Giri region which is one of the best places in India to grow Specialty coffees. This region is inside the Shola forest which is known for high density forest trees and rich volcanic soils. The report from Olam Speciality who work with Baganheddal Estate and import the coffee, notes that “The farm has good relationships with the surrounding villages providing local kids with necessities. The farm also provides free medical services to the local villagers”

The estate is over 125 years old and this heritage is evident throughout the production philosophy. The naturally processed coffee was dried on raised beds under shade nets for 22 days. 

The Chandragiri varietal was introduced into India for commercial cultivation in 2007, in response to coffee farmers’ concerns with the spread of White Borer Disease, which can decimate crops. From the early 70s, The Coffee Board of India observed a decline in the amount of Arabica being produced, as farmers switched to the hardier Robusta species, which resists disease but produces a much inferior coffee. The Chandragiri varietal is an Arabica that crosses Villa Sarchi, a natural mutation of the highly prized bourbon, with Hybrid de Timor, a hardy hybrid of Arabica and Robusta. This gave farmers the opportunity to grow a coffee plant that was resistant to disease and also produce a tasty coffee.  

This coffee produced by Ravi Ramu shows what you can do with great skill, persistence and constant improvement whilst also investing sensibly and bravely in new types of coffee. This has given us a truly unique flavour profile to offer you, big body coffees with loads of sweetness, hints of spice and all sorts of fruity flavours. 

Brewing Recipe

ESPRESSO:

Dose: 19g
Yield: 41ml
Time: 30 seconds

Flavours of Maltesers, lime marmalade and candied fennel seeds.

FILTER – Moka Pot

Dose: Filled Basket
Water: Filled to the line
Time: 4 minutes

Flavours of orange and lime marmalade, baker’s chocolate and nougat.