India Ratnagiri Lot 32/6Baking Spice • Black Cherry • Chocolate •
DIRECT TRADE COFFEE
This is a honey processed lot of Catuai from the “N/C 95 Patte” section of Ratnagiri Estate. Expect dark fruity notes of black cherry complimented by warming spices and chocolate.
- Producer: Ashok Patre
- Country: India
- Region: Karnataka
- Elevation: 1500 m.a.s.l.
- Variety: Catuai
- Processing Method: Honey
- Roast Level: Light Filter Roast
49th Parallel Crop To Cup Story
Ratnagiri Estate is in the south western state of Karnataka, India. Owned and managed by Ashok Patre, this estate has been producing coffee for almost a century.
Sitting between 1200 – 1400 m.a.s.l, Ashok and his team cultivate several varieties across the estate including Catuai, Cauvery and HRC (Hawaiian Red Caturra). Water is supplied from two streams on the nearby mountain.
Neighbouring coffee farmers were inspired by the higher price Natividad was getting for his coffee, so they went to him for advice. And with the help of Beneficio San Vicente, the local coffee exporter and agronomy expert, a large number of farmers went from producing commodity grade coffee to producing high quality specialty coffee. Present day, Santa Barbara is now famous for the distinct, delicious coffee it grows.
In recent years, the Ratnagiri team has made leaps and bounds in coffee quality with a focus on controlled processing methods and harvesting only the ripest cherries on each round of picking. The estate has also been separated into distinct growing blocks, with special attention now paid to the individual needs of each area of the farm.
Several improvements to the coffee processing infrastructure have been made including new fermentation tanks, coffee depulper and raised drying beds as well as a new milling facility, allowing complete control of the process from growing to export. This lot was double fermented for 72 hours and dried for 20 days.
We have been buying Ashok’s coffees for over 5 years now and are excited to see this producer evolving every year, continually pushing the limits of specialty coffee in India.
Brewing ratio: 1g coffee to 16-17g water / Slurry temperature (coffee+water): 200 - 205 ̊F / 93 - 96 ̊C / Extraction: 20 - 21% / TDS 1.38-1.41%