India is the fifth largest producer of Arabica coffee in the world, behind Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Coffee grown throughout the mountains of Southern India. The tropical climate, high altitude, sunny slopes, ample rainfall, soil rich in humus content, and well drained sub soil are idean conditions for for coffee cultivation.
The color, shape, and size of the beans as well as their aroma and taste are the results of special post-harvest processing called "Monsooning". The processing begins with top grade beans, Arabica Cherry-AB, that has already been processed by the dry method. Then beans are exposed to moisture-laden Monsoon winds in a well ventilated brick or concrete-floored warehouse.
To equalize moisture absorption, the beans are raked frequently, followed by bulking and re-bagging at regular intervals. At the end of the monsoon season, this coffee is re-bulked, graded again, bagged and moved to a drier region for longer-term storage. In this 12-16 week process the beans absorb moisture in stages, swelling to nearly twice their original size and developing colors ranging from pale gold to light brown. The end result is a special, unique flavor.
Region: South India - Karnataka, Western Ghats
Altitude: 1,100 - 1,200 meters
Process: Sun dried and monsoon processing
Spicy, earthy, smoky, tobacco notes, wood notes, medium body, medium acidity
Important: This coffee is raw green coffee. Customer needs to roast before grinding and brewing.