Karnataka is a state in India, and the name of the group who sourced this coffee for us. They work with a fairly large group of plantation farmers throughout different counties within Karnataka, and this lot represents mostly coffees from the city of Chikmagalur. Chickmagalur sits at the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, probably the most famous coffee region in India. The Karnataka folks used to just buy from one growing group, but have since cast a much wider net, where some of the value is in their ability to increase selection, and putting together from this more premium blends. This lot is what is referred to as 'A' grade, about 15-17 screen size, so large bean, and gets a second sort during milling. They offer AB too, which definitely cupped a bit lower than the A. At any rate, about 70% of the coffee grown in the region is of the old Kent 975 arabica varietal, and all the coffee is shade grown out of necessity, for reprieve from the oppressive Summer temperatures. We brought in this A grade, a really unusual PB, as well as a nice washed Robusta this year. We're accustomed to seeing mainly robusta from India, and so it is a welcome change to cup an arabica coffee of this quality.
The dry fragrance of City roasts are very nutty, but with a definite sweetness - boiled nut, with brown sugar and cinnamon. Full City brings out a sugar browning note and nutty aspects are more 'roasted' in fragrance. Adding hot water brings on a scent of freshly baked honey wheat bread, brown sugar, and a caraway seed note. At City+, the cup harnesses a nice simple syrup sweetness, along with some toasted grain. It's two dimensional when hot, but not in a bad way. Just a nice daily drinking flavor, with fairly balanced sweetness and bitter-sweet notes. As it cools City+ and Full City roasts show a nice culmination of toasted sugar, barley tea, and balancing roast tones. This medium bodied, low acid cup, fits the bill for those craving mild Central and South American coffees.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Arrival date||August 2014 Arrival|
|Appearance||4d/300 gram; 15-17 screen|
|Intensity/Prime attribute||Mild Intensity/Clear sweetness, grain notes, balance of sweet and bittersweet|
|Roast||City+ to Full City. Full City+ will leave little more than roast flavors.|
|Recommended for Espresso||No|