India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peaberry

India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peaberry


This coffee plantation was planted in 1920 by Shivappaiya Patre, who cultivated the estate and called it Ratnagiri which when translated to English means Pearl Mountain. This estate has now been passed on to the 3rd generation of Estate owners, Rohith and Ashok Patre. The coffee is planted between 1200 and 1500 meters in a zone of the Western Ghat mountains that gets consistently heavy rainfall. The coffee on the farm is inter-planted with pepper vines and cardamom groves. The coffee is grown under shade trees midst pepper vines and cardamom groves. The carefully picked cherries are sorted prior to pulping, fermented between 42 and 72 hours and hand-washed in water from clear mountain streams. This is a peaberry selection; normally coffee beans grow two to a fruit, flat against each other like halves of a peanut.  But a funny thing happens in about 5% of the world's coffee, they are born with out a 'partner', which requires farmers to 'hand-pick' the peaberry beans.  Many believe that peaberry coffee tastes intensified.  Our roast has bittersweet notes of cacao with sugar. The cooling cup offers glimpses of nutty tones, hazelnut, chocolate, and a Thai basil accent.

*** All prices are per pound ***

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Photo: Coffee drying in India  Cover: Morning view at Mullayanagiri Peak.