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India Gems of Araku Microlot 7001

Cupping notes

Pear, cardamom, cherry, peach, over caramel.

Description

Coffee was introduced to Araku in the early 1900’s from neighbouring Pamuleru Valley, and in 2007, Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers Mutually Aided Cooperative Society (SAMTFMACS), a coffee farmer cooperative formed with assistance from The Naandi Foundation, was formed to push the coffee production there even further. It operates across seven mandals in the area – Araku, Hukumpeta, Dumbriguda, Anathagiri, Paderu, Pedhabaylu and Munchinpet – where the farmers have decentralised small and scattered plots averaging 1-2 acres per family. They are subsistence farmers, balancing cash crops such as pepper, turmeric, and ginger with coffee production.

A state-of-the-art Coffee Processing Unit was set up in Araku, fully equipped with latest machinery such as coffee pulpers. Naandi, in association with Araku Originals Private Limited (AOPL), a connected for-profit social enterprise, is also the first in the country to receive global accreditation as a Speciality Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus offering courses on green coffee, barista skills, brewing, and roasting, along with authorized SCA trainers.

An area that previously used slash and burn deforestation techniques had reduced the land to semi wasteland and with no traditional knowledge of how to grow coffee; production was low and of poor quality. By providing technical support and training in all areas needed for a small farmer, the cooperative has managed to significantly increase the quality and quantity of coffee grown, to what can recognisably be seen as Indian speciality coffee.

This lot comes from the 109 farmers from the Paderu Mandal, with plots between 0.41 to 0.82 hectares.

Cherry is pulped within 10 hours of being harvested. It is then fermented for 20 hours before being dried by the sun or machine. If under the sun, it is covered at night with a loose cotton cloth to protect from dew and unwanted moisture.

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Origin
Producer
Process
Washed
Altitude
950 - 1300m
Harvest
January - February
Flavour
Species
SCA score
83.25
Varietal

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