Region: Bababudangiri in the South Indian Western Ghats
Farm: 285 hectares
Growing Altitude: 1280 – 1417 masl
This is our latest Coffee of the Moment from India. It is grown in Ratnagiri, south of Mumbai, in the Western Ghats mountain range. The Western Ghats is rich in biodiversity, with abundant flora and fauna.
The coffee is de-pulped after picking, leaving some mucilage, and then it is dried on raised beds under 50% shade for 16 to 20 days. Further sorting and preparation takes place for these microlots. The coffee is raked and turned every 3 hours from the first day of drying and then is covered in the evenings.
Agricultural maintenance is a top priority at Ratnagiri. Quarterly soil tests and organic corrections to soil applied. Ionic seawater and seaweed extract are applied to improve plant immunity and sugar levels of the fruit. Testing of coffee cherries is done before harvesting.
Ratnagiri, or “Pearl Mountain”, estate is situated at the top of a mountain range in the Western Ghats region of India. The local Hindi name Ratnagiri translates to Pearl Mountains in reference to the dense silver oaks which tower over the estate and provide a natural shade canopy for coffee. This estate has been in operation under the Patre family since 1920, being passed down from grandfather to father, to son. While initially the son, Ashok, continued with traditional farming practices, he has since spent many years travelling to origin countries, visiting well-known farms and taking from the best of their practices and incorporating it into his operation at Pearl Mountain.
The unique conditions lend to a coffee that has a full body balanced with acidity and a high SCA score.
Tasting Notes: Pineapple, hazelnut, and apple.