Ampthill Downs Experience
The Ampthill Downs Experience was formed out of a desire to search for 86-90 point cups (by Q Grader/ specialty coffee association standards) within the Indian Subcontinent.
The Ampthill Downs Experience is intended to shine light upon the smaller heroes of the budding specialty coffee grower and processor tapestry in the Indian Subcontinent and across Asia. Who are these smaller heroes? Well, led by the processing prowess of specialty coffee processor Waribok_Daribok, Ampthill Downs is not an estate, but rather a collection of smallholder farms, traceable to their origin, elevation, soil PH, terroir, and of course farmer - harvesters.
Introducing Set A and Set B of our mystery nanolots (and sets C, D, E and F to come). Every set will have 3 different 100 gram nanolot sachets within it (300 grams total) until we run out of these beautifully cultivated coffees.
Given they are from this past harvest (2020) we only have small quantity nanolots of these coffees available. In the coming harvest, we hope to work closely with Waribok_Daribok to roast a few of these incredibly complex coffees at scale.
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 industrialised 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.