Sethuraman Estate is located in the Chikmagalur district near the town of Magundi, on the Bhadra river and at an altitude of 2500 feet. This lot of single-origin, wet-processed, Kaapi Royale (absolute top grade) robusta for your espresso blends. We offered great wet-process Sethuraman Estate coffee before, but this lot is special: Nirali is hand-picked at peak ripeness, depulped to leave the fruity mucilage layer on the coffee seed, and carefully screen-dried on raised bed. In order to do this, they use metal screens and to "turn" the coffee for even drying, they use metal scrapers ... all because the fruit of the robusta dries so sticky and hard that normal "raking" methods don't work. The result is outstanding crema, fruited hints, sweetness and brightness. In fact, I could cup test and drink this as a regular brewed coffee at FC+/Vienna roast, something that can be very unpleasant with average robusta coffees. It outcupped all the robustas on the table, and while too strong as a straight shot espresso, the sweetness could be discerned in the espresso aroma. I appreciate a note in this coffee that has an almost maple-syrup sweetness, and no off flavors associated with typical or even specialty grade robusta. For me, Robusta needs to do it's job in a blend, not detract from the arabicas, and actually add some positive flavor attribute. While the aromatics from this cup are low (as with all robustas) I still detect a definite sweetness there, very rare aromatic quality in canephora coffees!. The preparation is outstanding and the roast is very even. I would keep Robusta below 15% in an espresso blend but because of the quality of this robusta, you can go up to 25% before it starts to overtake to cup too much. Robustas have less aroma that arabicas, but this lot actually has a nice, dark, mildly sweet note to it. The aftertaste is extremely long and persistent, turning pungent in the finish as would a bittersweet chocolate. It's an amazing robusta, and actually has a maple syrup sweetness lingering in the cup. In fact, you can brew the FC+ roast of this in a French Press and have quite a remarkable cup.