Indochine Estates is one of our favorite suppliers to work with because not only do they grow a delicious heirloom variety of Arabica on their multi-generation family farms, they are also deeply involved in their local community and sustainable growing pratices. The coffee bushes are sheltered by avocado trees, which is turn are sheltered by persimmon trees. This provides the right amount of shade and enables triple harvesting from the same plot of land.
Bourbon Arabica beans are characterized by a roundness and mellowness of flavor that modern arabicas often lack, coupled with a balanced acidity and smooth mouthfeel. The trees these beans grow on were preserved on Indochine's estate farms when everyone else was re-planting their farms with modern hybrids, and we're very glad that they were!
The green beans are very soft - caution when roasting!
I roast all my coffees using a Cafe Gene hot air roaster with several pre-set roasting cycles. So, I normally set the profile to give a medium (City) roast. My first 8oz batch was a 'perfect' Italian roast. so I backed off a couple of roast profiles and got a dark Full City on next 8oz. Third batch I backed down to the 'American' roast and got a great medium roast. ( I will need to find a way to use my very dark Italian results in a blend for espresso.
It would help if the green beans were labeled "Soft Beans, roast lighter" (or something like that). So far the coffee is great in the lighter roast and getting better a few days after roasting. Thank You, Jim B.
Posted by Jim Bates on Apr 9th 2021
Very good beans
Took it a little into 2nd crack in a 1500w Poppery, seemed to bring out the most flavor. Wanted to try some Vietnamese beans and was not disappointed.
"A delicate blend of old shoe leather and post-pubescent teenage angst with a husky afterburn of..." Nah, just good flavor of... coffee.
Posted by Bert A DeCool on Mar 2nd 2019
A piece of ertdiuion
A piece of ertdiuion unlike any other!
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The Araku Valley of India
India's coffee tradition goes back 400 years or more, when a variety called Kent was first established in the Southern Hills. Arabicas predominated until the blight of 1870, when growers needed to hybridize to resistant varieties. The resultant strains had genes from Liberica and other unique, resistant species. Learn more and browse India's Araku Valley coffees here.