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Ashok and Divya Patre
Toffee Apple, Nougat, Black Pepper
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? Ashok and Divya Patre are taking their family estate to a whole new level, investing in paying pickers a premium for picking ripe red cherries, visiting famous coffee farms around the world to pick up processing techniques, and using innovative solutions to restore rich biodiversity to the estate and surrounding areas.
All that work is what you can taste in the cup. If you are after that big old warming, heavy bodied and delightfully spiced kind of coffee then this one is your thing. The dry grounds give off loads and loads of spice notes that we simply couldn’t list them all. Think of black pepper, nutmeg, clove all toasted in a pan and you’re getting there.
The body of this coffee is immense. It almost feels like drinking cocoa, with the viscosity of the brew so dense a few of us thought one of us had slipped some syrup into the cups!
The spice theme carries on throughout with a beautifully balanced and lingering flavour profile that just works. Soft toffee apple acidity combined with the body and sweetness make this one an absolute comfort coffee, ideal for when the nights draw in and the weather is getting chilly!
At 117 Hectares, Ratnagiri is in the top 1% of Karnataka estates by size, they are family owned and they are pioneering India’s drive towards world class specialty coffee.
The estate is situated near Chikmagalur, one of world’s top biodiversity hotspots. The coffee is grown under three levels of forest canopy, with insanely rich biodiversity and vast experience from the team growing, harvesting and processing the coffee. For all intents and purposes Ratnagiri Estate is an organic/biodynamic farm and also maintains official Rainforest Alliance Certification.
After picking, the coffee is de-pulped leaving some mucilage and is then dried on raised beds for 16 to 20 days,where further sorting and preparation takes place for the microlots. The coffee is raked and turned every 3 hours from the first day of drying, and covered in the evenings.
It’s brilliant being part of the revolution in Indian Speciality Coffee, and buying this coffee means you’re part of it too.
Flavours of milk chocolate, carame, nutmeg, spice
FILTER – French Press