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India Arabica Cherry AB Naturals
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C O F F E E  P R O F I L E

Though India is typically perceived as a tea-growing and drinking country, coffee production in the country actually predates tea. Records indicate that coffee first arrived in India in the 1600s, whereas tea did not arrive until more than 200 years later, in 1839. What does unite the two drinks, however, is that the British thirst for cheaper, more plentiful tea and coffee were the major reason that they were both first widely cultivated on plantations across India.

Between 70 and 99% of all coffee in India is grown on plots of land smaller than 10 hectares. The majority of production is still centered on the traditional growing regions in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south. As recently at 2014/2015, 90% of coffee produced in India was still coming from these three states.

However, coffee cultivation is now slowly spreading across Northern areas. Coffee is increasingly grown in Andra Pradesh and Odisha in the Eastern Ghats and in the northeastern ‘Seven Sister’ states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Coffee farms are typically situated between 700 and 1,200 meters above sea level. Most coffee cultivation is ‘traditional’ and two-tier shade canopies are mixed with leguminous, nitrogen-fixing trees. In this method, it is very common for coffee trees to be intercropped with spices (like vanilla or pepper) and fruit trees.

After harvest, which is most often done by hand by family members or hired laborers, cherry is usually processed as Natural or Fully washed. Most farms dry coffee on patios or tables, though some of the larger estates also have mechanical dryers.

Today, approximately 30% of coffee production is consumed internally. The other 70% is prepared for export. 

Cupping Notes:  A great blending coffee. Aromas of roasted peanuts and dried fruits. Medium body with a clean and light acidity. Flavours of stone fruits, cashews and yellow raisins with hints of red berries. SCA SCORE 82