Moderate sweetness, strong nutty roast character in light roasts, a bit earthy with aromatic wood. Savory character, Basmati rice at FC roast, dry finish. Moderate acidity, heavy body, unusual balance of minerally notes with traces of sweetness. City+ to FC.
India coffees are interesting mild types and not often the first origin people think of, since tea is so dominant on that continent. Yet coffee has a history longer than many source countries, going back to the famed and fabled Bababudan and concurrent with the spice trade on the Malabar coast. It was an important stopping point in the journey of Coffea Arabica from Yemen to the Dutch East Indies, Java, back to the royal gardens of Europe, and on to the Americas. "Plantation A" is a grade and screen size (17-18 screen), grown and prepared to the standards of the India Coffee Board. It can be called a Mysore coffee, all those originate in other areas of the Karnataka state, the districts Coorg, Biligiris, Chikmagalur and Shevaroys, in southern India. This is a blend of 3 small farms output, all in the Karnataka state.
Smelling the dry ground coffee, a strong nutty scent is detected, slightly sweetened with toffee. It_‹_s a mild, soft smell, with a whiff of dry roasted peanut. The wet aroma is savory, nutty still, brothy, and food-like, with a bit of pecan and honey. The cup has the same pecan nut, praline, honey, and toffee sweetness. The Basmati rice note I get from the Full City roast seems appropriate for this origin. It's this flavor and the body that make the cup seem so syrupy. In light roasts there is a slight apple brightness in the cup, that pairs well with the other flavors, and the finish is slightly rustic, a bit malty. Overall this coffee is mild, balanced and straightforward, bearing some resemblance to Brazil flavor profile, yet this is a wet-process coffee.