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Ratnagiri, India


The Hindi word 'Ratnagiri' translates literally to 'Pearl Mountain', a reference to the dense silver oak canopy which crowns this farm. Ratnagiri was established in 1920 and is owned and operated by Ashok Patre, having been passed down from Grandfather, to father to son. This honey processed micro-lot is a brilliant example of the high quality specialty coffee India can produce, a country typically associated with lower quality robusta coffee.

Our importing partner Olam have partnered with Ratnagiri Estate for 4 straight seasons and there are no prizes for guessing why: this farm is consistently producing the best Indian coffees on our cupping table, season after season.

Very ‘juicy and fruity’, this coffee still has a rich body typically associated with Indian coffee, however with many a-typical sweet and fruity flavours, which makes a very pleasant surprise! Give this a go if you want to try something different!

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Ratnagiri, India

The producer of this coffee, Ashok Patre, is a coffee progressive. Well-travelled and bursting with initiative, he has drawn inspiration from elsewhere to step beyond the boundaries of traditional Indian coffee cultivation and processing. Brix levels are tested before harvesting. Processing includes natural, honey and fermentation experiments alongside the traditional washed.

For all intents and purposes Ratnagiri Estate is an organic/biodynamic farm and also maintains official Rainforest Alliance Certification. Quarterly soil tests and organic corrections to soil are applied. Ionic seawater and sea weed extract are applied to improve plant immunity and sugar levels of the fruit.

The estate is a lush shaded environment with 3 stories of shade. It is home to over 48 recorded bird populations, monkeys, leopards, wild boar, tigers, mongoose and - on occasion - elephants. The rich biodiversity demands that Ashok and his family have an approach to farming which places ecology and harmony with the environment at the forefront. This is a world class farm, truly one of the leading in India and a great example of Olam and the farmer working together to engineer excellence.


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