This estate has been in operation under the Patre family since 1920, being passed down from grandfather, to father to son. While initially the son, Ashok, continued with traditional farming practices, he has since spent many years travelling to origin countries, visiting well-known farms and taking from the best of their practices and incorporating it into his operation at Pearl Mountain.
For all intents and purposes Ratnagiri Estate is an organic/biodynamic farm and also maintains official Rainforest Alliance Certification. 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.
This is a great example of a washed Catuai. After picking the coffee spends 8 to 10 hours in wet fermentation. It is then mechanicaly de-mucilaged before being dried for 4 days on raised beds where further sorting takes place before being transferred to brick patios to finish. The total drying time is 9 to 11 days.
This coffee then goes through the CO2 decaffeination process using compressed carbon dioxide in water to attract and then remove caffeine from green coffee. Because this process only uses CO2, water, and charcoal filtering technology, it is completely chemical free. This process also leaves the proteins and carbohydrates that contribute to flavour untouched. Byproducts of this process are natural and recyclable.
Process: Washed and CO2 Decaffeination
Tasting Notes: Toffee, apple, dark chocolate