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India Plantation A – Aruka Valley – Green UnroastedIn Stock: 28.75 Lbs
Taste: Very smooth, with a pleasant nutty finish. This unobtrusive bean is an outstanding blender.
Roast: Accepts all roast levels, but we liked it best at Medium Dark (Full City). Gets bitter if over-roasted.
About: Coffee is grown in three regions of India with Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu forming the traditional coffee growing region. Indian coffee is said to be the finest coffee grown in the shade rather than direct sunlight anywhere in the world. Often inter-cropped with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, the coffees gain aromatics from the inter-cropping, storage, and handling functions. Growing altitudes range between 1,000 masl to 1,500 masl for Arabica (premier coffee) and are planted in well-drained soil conditions that favor rich organic matter that is slightly acidic. India’s coffees tend to be moderately acidic which in this case leads to a balanced and sweet taste.
It is understood that the first Arabica coffee was introduced to India in the late 17th century. The commercialization of Arabica coffees was established by the 1820s by the British, and throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cycles of fungus outbreaks, including rust, devasted Arabic production. Robusta was introduced to India in the early 20th century from Java, Indonesia. In the 1930s, the majority of Arabica varieties were replaced by higher-yielding and rust-resistant selections of hybrids. At the time of Indian independence in the early 1940s, the control of coffee production was government-held and focused explicitly on volume production for commodity trade. In turn, higher production demanded higher yield and the prominence of Robusta ensued. In the 1990s, producers re-gained control over their own production as the government liberalized the coffee trade.
Washed Arabica beans are known in India as “Plantation” (not to be confused with estate coffees), while washed Robusta beans are referred to as “Parchment”. U-Roast-Em does not offer Robusta beans.
Arabica Grade designations for washed beans are as follows, from top grades to bottom grades:
- Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold
- Plantation-PB Bold