Ampthill Downs - Lot #135 - Medium Roast [Orange Creamsicle, Jasmine Iced Tea]

Best Brewed With

Filter 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.


Cupper's Notes

This coffee is biodynamically produced by @Waribok_Daribok. Organic farming typically involves farming methodology that prohibits use of artificial fertilizers, synthetic chemicals, growth promoters or hormones (AKA Chemicals and GMOs). Biodynamic production, whilst quite similar to organic methods adds a truly holistic layer wherein all living things are considered interrelated systems- animals, plants, and even the solar system or astrology. Biodynamic production of coffee thus utilizes methods that enliven the soil via the rhythm of nature, using preparations made from minerals and herbs similar to homeopathy.

We dropped this coffee as a city/ medium roast, into the cooling tray at approximately 207°c. During this nano lot profiling process, we decided on the route forward which provided us a unique brightness that is not typically found within a heavy body and mouthfeel cup. The brightness seemed to be closest in association with citrus fruit, but also presented an entry of a creamy mouthfeel after the first few seconds on the palate. Combined, this produced our cupper’s notes of ‘Orange Creamsicle’- an orange flavoured iced popsicle typically encasing vanilla ice cream. This is accompanied by a florally best described as jasmine, and the heavy oolong like body described earlier created the cupper’s note of jasmine iced tea.

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.