Best Brewed With
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.
In our view this is a masterfully processed black honey coffee. Ratnagiri Estate (Mr. and Mrs. Patre and their entire team) deserves a special kudos for their black honey process coffees which are among our favourites- Lot 42 went through similar processing at the farm level for those of you who have tried it. After many a trial and error to build a specific profile for it, we dropped this coffee into our cooling tray toward the end of first crack- around 205°c to make for a solid medium roast erring toward the lighter side of medium. The coffee to us brings forth an unmistakable raspberry-like acidity (think raspberry juice and seeds), a solid biscuitty body at the same time, and a sweet lime tinge. Hence, our cupper’s notes of Raspberry Jam Doughnut and Key Lime Pie.
About The Estate
Steeped in rich history, Ratnagiri Estate emerges from India's Western Ghats region of Karnataka.
Ratnagiri translates to ‘Pearl Mountains.’
We’re honoured that Ratnagiri Estate has bestowed some of their most intricately processed coffees upon us from their 2020 harvest. This despite immense challenges for them to achieve the immense quality they are known for as exporters given logistical nightmares that have accompanied the advent of Covid-19.
Let’s get a little geeky: Ratnagiri Estate is a biodynamic farm-a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming where the soil conditions wherein the coffee plants are grown are treated with the same precision and care as a winery would its vineyard- essentially the concept of ‘terroir’ as applied to coffee. It is also a Rainforest Alliance Certified farm and is home to 48 bird species, monkeys, leopards, wild boar, tigers and mongoose. Pepper is also ‘intercropped’ with the coffee plants at the farm.
A ‘lot’ of coffee can broadly be considered as coffee cherries harvested in one day of the same genetic strain-varietal- collected within 60 feet altitude variation, and processed the same way.
Each ‘lot’ we receive from Ratnagiri will have its own individual roast profile, corresponding set of cupper’s tasting notes, and its own graphic on our Ratnagiri Estate labels.