India Ratnagiri Honey SLN 9 Lot #37
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
About This Coffee
The Hindi word 'Ratnagiri' translates literally to 'Pearl Mountain', a reference to the dense silver oak canopy which crowns this farm. Ratnagiri was established in 1920 and is owned and operated by Ashok Patre, having been passed down from Grandfather, to father to son. This honey processed, single variety (Selection 9) microlot is dried on raised beds for 16 to 20 days.
We have partnered with Ratnagiri Estate for 4 straight seasons and there are no prizes for guessing why: this farm is consistently producing the best Indian coffees on our cupping table, season after season.
|Subregion||Bababudangiri, Western Ghats|
|Producer Type||Single Estate|
|Farm Name||Ratnagiri Estate|
|Coffee Grade||IND CA NAT CH AA|
|Screen Size||15 Up|
|Bag Weight||60 KG BAG|
Ajere is in Yirgacheffe district in the ‘Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ (SNNP) region of Ethiopia. Over a number of years the region has developed a distinguised reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after microlots in the world. The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent and plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees. The indigenous ‘heirloom’ varietals - which grow wild in Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but beautifully refined cup, characterised by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot and thyme.
History of Coffee in India
If coffee was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Yemen, then it left home to make its own way in the world through India in the 17th Century, when Baba Budan, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven beans and planted them in hills of the Chikkamagaluru district, a hill region now known as Baba Budan Giri. Green coffee cultivation grew slowly in India and the first formal plantations were established by the British in 1840 in the same region where the first coffee was planted.
Over the years, repeated battles with leaf rust and an emphasis on yield caused India to increase planting Robusta and prioritize shade growing conditions. Today, India grows more than twice as much Robusta as Arabica and nearly all coffee is grown under shade, much of it in forest conditions. Over 21% of India’s coffee is exported to Italy, where Robusta has long been a part of traditional espresso blends. In recent years, Olam has been finding coffee for the specialty market. India is poised to attract increasing attention from specialty markets, and not only because quality is quickly improving. Coffee plantations in India are home to abundant wildlife, including tigers and elephants, because of the forest-like conditions. Compared to shade grown coffee in other parts of the world, coffee in India is grown in dense shade conditions, and almost intercropped with peppercorn, cardamom, areca nut, oranges, bananas, and other crops.
- Status Spot
- Subregion Bababudangiri, Western Ghats
- Farm Name Ratnagiri Estate
- Producer Type Single Estate
- Processing Honey Processed
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Selection 9
- Coffee Grade IND CA NAT CH AA
- Growing Altitude 1200-1500m
- Screen Size 15 Up
- Origin India
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk
- On Sale Yes
- Top Lot No
- CTRM Contract Number P8000485-1
- Price Per Kg £5.50