Ampthill Downs - Lot #86B - Medium Roast [Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie, Toasty Malt]

Best Brewed With

A true omni roast

Please note that the best brewed with list is not comprehensive and does not dictate that the coffees cannot be brewed with any other methods. These are the the methods we think will extract the best possible cup. However, this coffee can be ground and enjoyed with any brew method that you desire.

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Cupper's Notes

This coffee is produced by @Waribok_Daribok. We dropped this coffee as a slightly more developed city/ medium roast, into the cooling tray at approximately 212°c. During this profiling process, we realised that this coffee had a unique mixture of cocoa and malt components on the front palate, combined with the slightly savoury-sweetness reminiscent of watermelon seeds and kiwi fruit. It’s got a full and chewy body and a viscous mouthfeel, too, making it suitable for omniroast brewing methods. Combined, this produced our cupper’s notes of Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie, and Toasted Malts.

About the estate

We're honoured to roast several coffees from the Ampthill Downs region in the coming months. This harvest, our coffees from the region were grown at 1375- 1678 meters above sea level, qualifying as ‘Strictly High Grown' (‘SHG’) coffees. When coffee is grown at such exceptionally high elevations in cooler temperatures, it matures slowly, allowing more time for the bean to develop an enhanced flavour profile and body.

These coffees are also processed under ‘European Preparation’ ('EP') norms. These practices begin at the cherry harvest, continue with hand sorted removal of defective beans and foreign material without industrialized machinery, preserving local livelihoods, and continue until the beans arrive to roast at Subko.

Ampthill Downs is the name that the Pulney’s region of Tamil Nadu was given by the British. We've chosen to feature our coffees under this name to showcase the diversity of influences upon nomenclature across the subcontinent with its rich and diverse history.

Nearby Kodaikanal- the bohemian hill station of yore, where coffee is far from the only stimulant readily available- Ampthill Downs is located on the easternmost region of the Western Ghats- considered one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots.

Frogs and butterflies, gaur-Indian bison, Malabar giant squirrels, emerald doves, and hornbills are common sights. Avocados, hill bananas, citrus fruit, passionfruit, jackfruit, guava, hibiscus, rose, and wild honey are also prevalent.

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