Decaf - Ratnigiri Estate
ORIGIN: KARNATAKA, INDIA
VARIETY: CATUAI, CAUVERY
PROCESS: SWISS WATER NATURAL DECAFFEINATION
NOTES: RED APPLE, TRAIL MIX, NUTMEG
This coffee is part of the “Swiss Water Small Batch Series”, a program consisting of limited offerings that feature highly traceable and very delicious specialty decaf coffee.
Ratnagiri Estate comes from India’s Western Ghats, a mountain range in Southern India considered to be the motherland of Indian coffee. The estate, situated between 1,250–1,450 MASL, has been producing coffee for nearly a century. In recent years, owner Ashok Patre decided to modernize, optimizing fertilization and plantings, setting the stage for better and better harvests to come. Patre has led the farm in experimental processing, including the production of microlots of anaerobic fermentations of natural and honey processed coffees. Over the past few years, investments have also been made in a new ECOpulper, raised drying beds, and a brand new dry-milling facility that can accommodate small lots. Most importantly, Ratnagiri has invested in its people. Increased worker training—and salaries—have improved standards of picking and cherry selection at harvest, and the quality of life and commitment of the people who make these coffees a reality. The result has been some truly captivating coffees that begin to showcase the potential of specialty coffee in India.
This particular coffee is a blend of two varieties: a honey processed Catuai and a washed Cauvery, the second is a popular variety grown in India also known as ‘Catimor’. The honey processing contributes sweetness to the cup and combined with a washed coffee that brings balance and a silky texture. When brewed, this coffee offers delicious dried fruit, nut and spice notes and is a really unique, delicious cup of coffee.