Where in the world?
Cauvery, Chandragiri, Selection 795
Milk Chocolate, Cadburys Caramel, Allspice
WHAT’S THE STORY?
We are big fans of Indian Speciality Coffee, big body and sweetness and wonderful spice background notes with soft acidity and a clean cup. What’s not to love?
The thing that takes the new Indian coffees we’ve been enjoying to the next level is the overall clarity of the cup. No muddy or musty flavours, no trace of bitterness, just unctuous sweetness and heavy chocolate laced with spices. Like if coffee was a Friij milkshake laced with fresh black pepper and coriander, thats what we found when we cupped it and when we brew as a filter coffee. It gives us a clean and sweet coffee, with unique spice characteristics and an excellent cocoa heavy mouthfeel.
Then enter a whole other level of magic when given the extra pressure of espresso extraction. As an espresso there is a deep orange rind note that punches through the dark chocolate sweetness beautifully. This makes for a dreamy flat white base, like drinking a Terry’s dark chocolate orange.
All the coffees we have had from India have been from the Western Ghats near Chikmaglagur, from the region around BabaBudangiri, the mountain named for Baba Bufan, the Sufi Mystic who introduced coffee to India.
This coffee growing area is resplendent with wild flora and fauna, and is nestled amongst farms that grow black pepper and other spices. The wild yeasts in the air around these farms influence flavour by lying on the surface of the cherry and then through the fermentation process as the coffee cherries are pulped, washed and laid out to dry on patios. The coffee cherries grown on the Hoskhan Estate, like all great specialty coffee, are the fruit of plants that have drawn up nutrients from the soil, and grown out of coffee blossoms that have been cross pollinated with the rich diversity of local trees and plants. This creates a wonderfully unique array of flavours, big chocolate body and sweetness as you’d expect, but laden with some excellent dark fruit and spice characteristics.
This big bodied beauty of a coffee follows in the footsteps of the other washed Indian coffees we have had in the roastery, an absolute winner as a satisfying rich espresso, and offering some fantastic layers of spice complexity as a filter.
ESPRESSO: Coming Soon
FILTER – Coming Soon