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India Gems of Araku Microlot MN1

Cupping notes

Pink grapefruit, lime, nectarine, stonefruit.


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 microlot comes from 40 farmers in the Hukumpeta Mandal.

Dried on raised beds under semi sunlight, cherries take longer to dry than the washed lots. The tables are covered at night with fine cloth to protect from any additional moisture.

Sln5 is both a crossbreed between Devamachy and Rume Sudan AND a crossbreed between Devamachy and robusta. Both crosses exist and are referred to as SLN5A SLN5B.

Devamachy itself was recorded in the very late 1940’s as a naturally occurring hybrid between arabica and robusta, similar to Hybrido de Timor. Sln9 is a cross between an Ethiopian landrace Tafarikela and Hybrido de Timor. The presence of the Ethiopian brings higher quality to the cup with HDT adding important rust resistance.

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