The world of experimental coffee is upon us! We are proud to be working with the team from Riverdale Estate India on this project, this was an opportunity that worked hand in hand with each others philosophy of creating excellence in coffee production and is also to ensure that the coffee we produced is one of the best in the country.
This coffee was picked carefully as a micro-lot starting at around 8am at an altitude of 1650 masl. Then after an intense day of selective picking The coffee is brought to the sorting yard at around 5:30pm in the evening & sorted visually for defects with skilled pickers after sorting the coffee goes into the flotation tanks to seperate the floaters for three times for one hour.After floaters have been removed the coffee gets pulped and held in the coffee tanks for another 2 hours. Application of yeast and wild honey sourced from the lovely hills of Sevaroy ills is then added to the coffee and mixed carefully letting the temperature fluctuate for two to three days. After the coffee has settled it is then washed and cleaned and dried on raised beds at no more than 1 inch in density for a further 15 days 7 in sun and 8 in shade. Sound interesting enough. The outcome you can now try and enjoy at Cartel and with our legendary wholesale customers.
The farm is located in the lovely Shevaroys Hills (Yercaud) in southern India, The estate has a abundance of natural spring water streaming from the earth which flows throughout the year making it a very interesting place to cultivate coffee plants and other intercrops like silver oak, jack fruit orange, avocado and pepper.
The plantation sits at an altitude of 1450 meter and reaches a height of over 1700 masl which is where all of our coffees and exclusively picked for our experiments conducted at the farm which include Natural process, Honey process and fully washed Kenyan style processing. We have also managed to conduct three years of ongoing experimental processing using yeasts combined with fruits.
The common varietal grown is Selection 9 and S5b variety of Arabica they have also planted several test exotic varietals of gesha and yellow bourbon.
All the Coffee is grown under tall trees Shade that helps to retain moisture level and biodiversity within the plantation. We believe in sustainable farming which improves the soil quality, & in turn gives us the consistent coffee beans year after year which we only improve through consistent monitoring of daily occurrences through the carful processing months like weather, water conditions , fermentation temperatures and separation of micro-lots and drying times.
Enjoy these lots I believe they are continuing to push the boundaries of quality in India and am proud to be apart of the team.