India Ratnagiri Estate Hemavathi Yeast Fermentation Natural (30kg Vac Pack)
|Bag Weight||30 KG BOX|
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. Ashok describes the process for this lot as follows:
"This is a 98-hour extended yeast fermented natural processed coffee. It is from the Hemavathi varietal grown on our farm at 4400 feet from the block called Silvermara Patte. The Brix of the coffee cherries was 23.6 when harvested and they were put in the stainless-steel fermenters after floater removal. A particular strain of yeast was added to the coffee in the fermenters and allowed to ferment for 98 hours in a carbon dioxide rich environment. After removing the coffee, they were directly put on raised beds for slow drying. The coffee was then dried slowly with constant stirring over the next 26 days. "
We have partnered with Ratnagiri Estate for 6 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|
|Processing Description||98hr yeast fermentation. Slow drying (26 days) on raised beds.|
|Growing Altitude||1300m - 1450m|
|Coffee Grade||IND CA NAT CH AB|
|Screen Size||15 Up|
|Bag Weight||30 KG BOX|
|Bag Types||Vac-Pack Box|
Ashok Patre is a progressive. Well-travelled and bursting with initiative, he has drawn inspiration from elsewhere to step beyond the boundaries of traditional Indian coffee cultivation and processing. Brix levels are tested before harvesting. Processing includes natural, honey and fermentation experiments alongside the traditional washed.
For all intents and purposes Ratnagiri Estate is an organic/biodynamic farm and also maintains official Rainforest Alliance Certification. Quarterly soil tests and organic corrections to soil are applied. Ionic seawater and sea weed extract are applied to improve plant immunity and sugar levels of the fruit.
The estate is a lush shaded environment with 3 stories of shade. It is home to over 48 recorded bird populations, monkeys, leopards, wild boar, tigers, mongoose and - on occasion - elephants. The rich biodiversity demands that Ashok and his family have an approach to farming which places ecology and harmony with the environment at the forefront. This is a world class farm, truly one of the leading in India and a great example of Olam and the farmer working together to engineer excellence.
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 Natural/Dry Processed
- Processing Description 98hr yeast fermentation. Slow drying (26 days) on raised beds.
- Bag Types Vac-Pack Box
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Hemavathi
- Coffee Grade IND CA NAT CH AB
- Min Growing Altitude 1300m
- Max Growing Altitude 1450m
- Screen Size 15 Up
- Origin India
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk
- On Sale No
- Top Lot Yes
- CTRM Contract Number P8002159-5
- Price Per Kg £9.95