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Roasters Choice - India Red Honey 'Pearl Mountain'

Regular price $27.00

Only 4 in stock

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For U.K. mainland we offer a Free Delivery service for all orders.

For international orders please email hello@wbroast.co.uk for a quote.

WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE DISPATCHED?

We work on all orders in the order that we receive them. Normally we dispatch parcels either the same or next working day. However during very busy periods it may take an extra day or two for your parcel to be dispatched.

Please contact hello@wbroast.co.uk for any returns. Returns can be made for any unsatisfactory products and full refund given. Please contact us within 5 business days of receiving your purchase to allows us to look into your query. We accept returns up to 30 days from delivery date. 

If your order becomes damaged in transit, we ask for you to provide photo evidence so we can process the refund through Royal Mail.

Packaging:

Currently all the coffee packaging we use is 100% recyclable - label 5 and produced in the EU.

Label 5 or polypropylene (similar to yoghurt pots) is easily recyclable and widely accepted at recycling points and kerbside collections. 

This packaging type keeps your coffee ultra fresh and features a resealable tag and valve.

 

FAQ's & Storage

Frequently Asked Questions:

What strength is the coffee?

We advise this coffee to be a strength of 3.5 out of 5. Punchy but not over powering. 

Are the beans oily? 

No, these beans are not oily, if you have particularly sensitive machine/equipment, these beans should be perfect. 

Where to store the coffee?

We recommend storing the coffee in a cool, dark, dry cupboard, before you open them. Once opened, reseal the bag and they can be safely stored in the packaging, and we recommend to consume them within 4 weeks of opening.

How many coffees do the bags serve?

250g - serves 13-15 coffees. 500g - serves 26-30 coffees. 1kg - serves 55-65 coffees. We recommend one kilo bag to serve 2 coffees a day, to last a month.

What's the best before date?

All our coffees are roasted to order, meaning they couldn't be fresher. We advise a best before date of 6 months from the order date. 

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  1. Restoring animals’ habitats, which, in turn helps increase biodiversity by giving endemic species the chance to thrive
  2. Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by putting it back into the plants and soil, and therefore helping to reduce global warming
  3. Cleaning the air by removing pollutant gases such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone by trapping these gases in their leaves and bark 
  4. Restoring local ecosystems that have been destroyed by deforestation or other external factors
  5. Reducing the impact of flooding and soil erosion, which helps to protect nearby communities and their livelihoods 
  6. Providing an income for tree planters in lower income countries.

Espresso Brew Guide

Brewing espresso is a lot like brewing tea; if we leave our bag in too long we risk over-brewing the tea and extracting “stewed” bitter flavours from the leaves but if we do not leave it long enough our tea risks being weak and insipid. This means we must exert control over our brewing process to ensure that we extract all of the desirable flavour compounds whilst leaving behind the compounds responsible for unwelcome bitterness and astringency. This is easy with a teabag – we can take it out whenever we choose – but achieving the same control with espresso is slightly more complex.

Coffee does not extract homogenously during its brewing cycle. Most extraction occurs during the first third of its brew time. Typically fruit acids and bean fragments that contribute towards body extract first, followed by sugars, and then bitter compounds.

‘DIALLING IN’ OUR ESPRESSO

Understanding your grinder is the key to achieving desirable DOSE and BREW TIME. Whether you are using a modern “on-demand” grinder or a more traditional “dosing grinder” you should be able to control both DOSE and GRIND TEXTURE, both of which are critical to brewing balanced espresso. Here’s how...

Using scales, weigh a consistent dose of ground coffee into your double espresso basket -16g - 18g is a sensible choice for most espresso machines.

Aim for 36-40g of liquid espresso or roughly a ratio of 1:2 (18g of ground espresso to 36g of liquid espresso). 

Is it within your target brew time window? We recommend 20 - 30 Seconds.

Yes = SUCCESS!

Your espresso is probably well brewed and should taste full, sweet and balanced.

No = If you haven't extracted 30-40ml of liquid espresso, in 20-30 seconds, your grind is too FINE and your espresso will most likely taste thin, bitter & ashy.

Coarsen your grind slightly then grind and discard at least 20g of coffee to remove traces of the previous grind setting

No = If you have extracted too much liquid espresso (over 30ml for single espresso, over 60ml for double). Your grind is too COARSE and your espresso will most likely be weak and sour.

Make your grind slightly FINER then grind and discard at least 20g of coffee to remove all traces of the previous grind setting

Limited Edition June Roasters Choice - India Red Honey. Notes of Melon, Vanilla & Chocolate Biscuit. Very limited batch.

Ever changing selection, Roasters Choice is our pick of the best coffees. Often award winners, micro-lots and limited runs.

  • 100% arabica, seriously high quality coffee beans
  • Resealable/recyclable bag, to stay fresher for longer
  • Fast delivery with same day dispatch

What you need to know:

  • Notes of Melon, Vanilla & Chocolate Biscuit
  • Perfect for all brewing methods
  • Strength 3/5
  • Body - Medium
  • Acidity - Low

The Coffee Farm:

ALTITUDE GROWN – 1,300 - 1,450 meters above sea level

LOCATION – Bababudangiri, Western Ghats, India

PROCESS – Red Honey

VARIETAL - Cauvery

India Ratnagiri Estate Red Honey:

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. Ashok describes this coffee as follows:

"This is a red honey processed coffee and it comes from two blocks on our farm and is mainly the Cavery varietal. The coffee was depulped and allowed to have an aerobic fermentation and was slowly dried for 26 days on raised beds."

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.

History of Coffee in India:

If coffee was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Yemen, then it left home to make its own way in the world through India in the 17th Century, when Baba Budan, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven beans and planted them in hills of the Chikkamagaluru district, a hill region now known as Baba Budan Giri. Green coffee cultivation grew slowly in India and the first formal plantations were established by the British in 1840 in the same region where the first coffee was planted. 

Over the years, repeated battles with leaf rust and an emphasis on yield caused India to increase planting Robusta and prioritize shade growing conditions. Today, India grows more than twice as much Robusta as Arabica and nearly all coffee is grown under shade, much of it in forest conditions.

Over 21% of India’s coffee is exported to Italy, where Robusta has long been a part of traditional espresso blends. In recent years, Olam has been finding coffee for the specialty market. India is poised to attract increasing attention from specialty markets, and not only because quality is quickly improving. Coffee plantations in India are home to abundant wildlife, including tigers and elephants, because of the forest-like conditions. Compared to shade grown coffee in other parts of the world, coffee in India is grown in dense shade conditions, and almost intercropped with peppercorn, cardamom, areca nut, oranges, bananas, and other crops.

Once opened, consume within 4-6 weeks for best results and before best before date. Unopened lasts for 6 months. Best kept in cool dry environment.

Roasting Perfection

Unique 1%: We roast using high airflow to reduce impurities for a cleaner taste. 99% of beans aren't roasted this way.

GREAT TASTE PRODUCER

Qualified "Great Taste Producer", guaranteed quality. Winning 8 awards in 3 years. See for yourself?

Easy Brewing

Roasted for easy brewing. You won’t need a beard, Bunsen burner or refractometer to brew the best coffee you’ve ever had.

Customer Reviews

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Stuart Atkinson (Kensington, GB)
Just delicious

This months roasters Choice the Colombian is simply delicious it’s by far the best Colombian coffee I have tasted. Sweet, chocolatey with a hint of sour berry. This is the third coffee I have had from WBR and all have been excellent. Looking forward to the next roasters choice. Can it possibly be better than the Colombian ?

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Stuart Atkinson (Wimbledon, GB)
Is this the best coffee I have tasted ?

Only the 2nd time ordering from West Berkshire Roastery. Ordered the Brazilian coffee of the month Corrego Bonito a very satisfying cup of coffee brewed in the cafetière. No bitterness no sourness a beautiful sweetness of chocolate delicious. When you buy such great coffee for home forget coffee shops. It’s the best coffee I have tasted brewed in my cafetière. Looking forward to the next roasters choice.

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Brian Parnell (Cardiff, GB)
Sumatra Cagayan

Maybe a little late with this review as I’m not sure it’s still available but hopefully it will return very soon. One of the most delicious coffees I’ve tasted in recent times. Mild , smooth and very moreish.

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Aaron (Tadley, GB)
Another gem

West berks roastery keep knocking these out of the park. We REALLY enjoyed this one. I drink as straight espresso and I can’t get enough!

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M D (Manchester, GB)
Colombia ElBombo

A great roasters choice. Smooth punchy taste great in a flat white.

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