Sweet dried fruits, pinotage wine, cacao nibs. An unusual flavor profile.
Packaged in high-barrier, polymer zipper valve bags
Available in 8 oz (227 g) package, whole bean only (We will NOT pre-grind this coffee)
I encountered this coffee on my 2010 visit to India. Sethuraman Estate, on the banks of the Bhadra River, uses these unusual trees as fencing around the property because they grow straight and tall. These trees are neither Arabica nor Robusta, they are a completely different cultivar originating from Africa.
Historically, this coffee was not harvested, because it required ladders, and hence more labor, to harvest. In the past decade, coffee borer beetles made their way to India, and if the coffee is not harvested, it gives the beetles a place to live. Hence, it’s picked, albeit reluctantly, but commands a huge premium because of its scarcity and phenomenal flavor. This coffee is finished with the natural process, i.e, it is sun-dried cherry, yielding great fruit flavor. The flavor profile really kind of defies description – it is a distinctly Indian coffee, beautiful and unique, unlike anything you’ve tasted before.
It’s worth noting that this is one of those coffees that’s on the endangered species list (I don’t know if that’s true technically, but it’s certainly true commercially). As labor becomes increasingly scarce and expensive (even in India), these trees are likely to be uprooted and replaced by man-made fence posts. The way to preserve them is to make the coffee commercially viable. We hope you will try some.
This coffee is awesome as a traditional filter coffee. It is also absolutely phenomenal as a single-origin, single-estate espresso.
The photo is of the Sethuraman Estate. Note the rich biodiversity – the vine climbing the tall trees are peppercorns.