Producer Series 2022 Lot 3 - Frozen Cherry
This coffee will be roasted and dispatched from Bengaluru roastery
Delicious and sweet, with hints of cherry jam and fresh sugarcane, the third lot of our limited-edition series comes to you, for the first time ever, from Baarbara Estate! Fittingly christened ‘Frozen Cherry’, the producer took a leaf out of the wine industry and processed this lot in a unique way. The cherries were fermented in stainless steel tanks and then stored in bags inside freezers to accumulate their natural sugars and develop a heightened sweetness from the chilled temperature. Once removed from the freezer, the beans were naturally slow-dried on raised beds. Processing the cherries using this method brought out the sweet, fruity notes and gave the coffee its sparkling acidity and a sweet aftertaste that lingers long after your first sip. Enjoy this one as a Pour Over or brew it using an AeroPress to savour its syrupy mouthfeel with a flicker of jammy goodness.
Roast Level: Light
Elevation: 1440 - 1460 M
Process: Natural (Frozen)
Location: Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Tasting Notes: Cherry Jam, Sugarcane, Pomegranate, Pear
Ratnagiri Estate is a Rainforest Alliance certified farm in the South Indian Western Ghats near Bababudangiri, the place where coffee in India first originated. The Patre family has looked after the farm since 1927 and their approach to farming has always placed ecology and harmony with the environment at the forefront of their work. Ratnagiri literally means ‘Pearl Mountains’ and gets this name from the dense Silver Oaks that tower over coffee plants, lending a silver hue to the hills where the farm sits. The farm is home to Arabica and pepper with a diverse and rich ecosystem!
Ratnagiri Estate has been featured several times in our Producer Series last year — a celebration of our highest scoring micro lots. Ashok Patre, the farm owner, is always up for being creative with his coffee processing methods and this time was no different.
We spoke to him to learn about everything that went into processing this unique coffee and the challenges he faced. Here is an excerpt.
Ashok: I feel the complexity and the flavours of this coffee come out beautifully when brewed as a Pour Over.
Vikas: This coffee has an intense sparkling acidity and is quite refreshing to drink!
Q: What makes this coffee ‘Producer Series’ quality?
Vikas: Ratnagiri Estate has always produced really good quality coffee beans. The unique processing technique followed for this one has allowed the coffee to have great, complex notes.
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