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Coffee #6 - Specialty Brew Indian

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Name - Specialty Brew by Bean & Leaf
Origin - Indian
Region - Chikmagalur, which is in Karnataka State
Altitude - 1000 - 1600 meters above sea level
Varietal - Kent, Cauvery
Process - Fully washed
Roaster - Roastmax, drum 
Roast - Light
The story: 

With India more commonly known as a tea producing country its actually one of the top coffee producers in the world to. Coffee is mainly grown in the south Indian states, with Karnataka accounting for around 71% of production. Indian coffee is said to be the finest coffee grown in the shade rather than direct sunlight anywhere in the world. The story goes, coffee growing started with an Indian Muslim saint, Baba Budan. Who, while returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven coffee beans (by hiding them in his beard) from Yemen to Mysore in India. He planted them on the Chandragiri Hills, now named after him as Baba Budan Giri ( "Baba Budan hill”) in Chikkamagaluru district.This was the beginning of coffee industry in India with many.


Kents - the earliest variety of Arabica coffee – was selected by an English planter with the same name during the 1920s. It remained popular with planters until the 1940s due to the lower susceptibility of this particular coffee plant to rust. Although it is currently grown in a few areas only, Kents coffee is known for its exceptional cup quality.

Cauvery Coffee - also known as Catimor, the Cauvery coffee plant is a hybrid descendent of Caturra (a natural mutant of the high quality Bourbon variety) and Hybrido-de-Timor. The Cauvery coffee plant inherited the superior quality attributes of Caturra and the tough resistance of Hybrido-de-Timor.

Growing conditions: 

Most coffee in India is grown in shade. Often inter-cropped with other plants like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The coffee can take on these flavours giving Indian beans a unique difference.

Roast style & profile: 

I roasted this coffee on the light to medium side. Being a stronger flavoured bean this was to highlight some of the uniqueness and not overpower it with dark roast qualities eg smokiness and char notes.   

Tasting notes: 

A full body feel almost thick, light cocoa with a hint of nutmeg. 


To try any single origin I always recommend using a pour over brew method. This Indian goes well with a dash of milk and I find it has a nicer flavour the fresher the brew at a reasonable temperature.


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