Not many India Estate coffees make it across my desk and this one caught me off guard in the drum. Both roasts cracked 10 degrees earlier than other coffees with the same physical traits and color tracked much lighter. I displayed the two most successful roasts below. Both roasts were roasted intentionally short. PR-0185 was pulled shortly before second crack and PR-0184 was pulled at the onset of second crack, roughly 30 seconds later and 5 degrees higher. Both roasts displayed a fair amount of dense cocoa with some breadiness, very similar to a German chocolate cake or a chocolate cake donut without the icing.

Origin Information

Arabidacool Estate
S-795, SLN 6, Kents and S-4345/HDT XC
Baba Budangiri Mountains, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India
November – January
1,400 meters
Volcanic loam
fully washed and dried in the sun

Background Details

This coffee is sourced from the Arabidecool Estate located near the Baba Budangiri hills in the Western Ghats mountain range within the state of Karnataka, India. In the Baba Budangiri hills there is a shrine for Baba Budan, the Sufi saint who first cultivated coffee in India with seven raw beans from Mocha that he brought from his pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th century. The Baba Budangiri hills are also home to the Neelakurinji flower, which only blooms every twelve years. The Arabidecool Estate covers 142 hectares with a distinct micro-climate that is reflected in the cup profile.