This is an estate coffee with Rainforest Alliance certification brought in by the Elan Group which helps farmers grow coffees with environmental and social responsibility.
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 subtle 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.
I tend to let it out right before the second cracks where I get a sweet nutty note, or even better I give it 30 seconds into the 2nd cracks and pull it out as a dark roast which is the the best way to pull out the spicy flavors. Think clove and cinnamon paired with the bold coffee taste. 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.
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