Our latest offering from the Kodaikanal region is probably our most balanced natural to date.
Located in the village of Kamanur near Thandigudi, Ram estate is a relatively new entrant to speciality coffee (this is the second year of their foray) and have been processing top notch coffees from year one , in collaboration with Binny Varghese a.k.a Barista on Bike.
This particular lot consists mainly of selectively picked SLN 09 and SLN 795. The cherries were fermented in a sealed barrel for 48 hrs, before being slow dried on raised beds.
The resulting cup has always pleasantly surprised us , right from the first test roast. There is a lot of complexity and fruitiness without it being overbearing. We initially taste a muskmelon like softness and mulberry like acidity but the coffee really comes into its own 10 days post roast when a mangoey aroma takes centre stage(we ourselves were shocked when this first happened but we don't begrudge pleasant surprises). All this fruitiness is never overpowering though, the coffee always has a soft finish and is very drinkable.
The mango aromas reminds us of the rāga kāmbhōji and this coffee is what we love serving to visitors at kāpikottai HQ!
Kāmbhōji the coffee is a delight across all manual brews but we recommend the clever dripper or hario switch to extract the most of that mangoey goodness.
We hope this Collab between the folks at Ram estate and Binny Varghese results in more amazing coffees in the coming season.
Ram estate, Kodaikanal
Arabica Naturals, Anoxic
Musk melon | Mulberry | Mango