India Bynekere Estate
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India is an underrated coffee. It is grown right up there near Yemen, near Africa, and has a clean, creamy, nutty taste that you would think would give it more credit in the coffee world. This one has a great spiciness to it, and the aroma reminds me of nutmeg, the initial taste of hazelnuts and that factor where as soon as you've finish your mug you are looking forward to the next time that you get to brew it again. It’s not a dirty-tasting coffee, and has a creamy quality, and a sweet grain-like quality to it. A friend remarked it reminded her of a combination of Chai tea and coffee. What else would you expect from India? They grow coffee alongside their spices.
This is an estate coffee from the Western Ghats (mountains) which is not the very best coffee region in India, but it's up there. The Western Ghats are in the top 10 list of the most biodiverse places in the world. And indeed, in addition to being proud of its biodiversity, this estate has naturally shade grown coffee because of the red cedar, silver oak, and other majestic trees. The beans are sorted very well, very few defects, and all AA large bean size.
I tend to let it out either right before the second cracks where I get a sweet nutty note, or 15 seconds into the 2nd cracks where it pulls out more of the spicy undertones (cardamom, pepper, nutmeg) 420 degree bean temperature seems to be the sweet spot on our roaster, but it is drinkable at both extremes. A light roast just out of the 1st cracks is not grassy or raw, but also is a little boring and straightforward with more of a grain-like taste and less of the spice flavors. A dark roast well into 2nd cracks does have a lot of "roast" taste but isn't overly burnt tasting. Has a nice balance of dark coffee flavor with spice and mineral flavors. At this roast level it is even better as espresso than coffee, pulling a shot that is sweet with lots of crema.
It's really great to have an India in stock again -- I've missed this coffee.
It seems to be a versatile and forgiving bean to roast.
US Arrival May 2017
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