This lot comes from one of the pioneers of pulp sun-dried coffees in India – Kalledevarapura Estate. Rounded in acidity with an aroma of dried fruits, the cup has a broad spectrum of plum-like flavors and finishes with subtle hints of anise making this a very memorable coffee. The pulp sun-drying process involves washing off the skin of the coffee cherry along with a large part of the fruit and leaving on a few layers of mucilage. The beans with the surrounding mucilage are then sun-dried until the perfect moisture level is attained. This process yields a complex coffee that with our roast profile adapts its flavors to both espresso and brewing methods.
The Baba Budan Giri region was one of the first new homes for coffee when the sage Baba Budan smuggled his beans from Arabia to India in the late 1600s. The evolution of these beans over the last three centuries has resulted in the high-quality beans that we receive from Kalledevarapura Estate today. But that evolution would be incomplete without the hard and innovative work of brothers D.M. Shankar & D.M. Purnesh and their family. The estate has the best shade setup for growing coffee with jack fruit, fig, and silver oak trees that combined with the right rainfall give rise to superior Arabica beans. The hardworking staff on this estate are provided with free electricity, water, and living quarters with their children also receiving free education. The estate has been on the receiving end of prestigious awards that include the “Flavour of India – Fine Cup Award” and “1st Quality Prize Espresso” from Illy Caffé.