Coffees of 2022 | IronBorn by Savorworks from MSP Coffee

the coffee

☕️: @savorworks
?:  riverside estate,
? : SLN9; SLN795 (SLN3)
⚙️: anaerobic fermentation + iced fermentation

the processing

Triple rinsed ripe cherries are dry fermented in a semi anaerobic environment for up to 72 hours until the right increase in temp through sunlight is obtained to induce maximized fruitiness. The coffee is then quickly frozen to lock in these flavors for up to a week.  Resulting coffees are a kind of ice blast of the clean fruit.  

Riverside estate is a little hidden pocket filled with primarily fruit trees – Surinam Cherries, Milk fruits, Figs and Jackfruits constitute the primary shade. Another of the estates controlled by the MSP Coffee.(4)

the roaster : savorworks

Savorworks is a project and passion where our passion and love compels us to make coffee artisanally and carefully to maintain the original flavours from their origins. Our love for coffees comes from its power to connect people with a shared interest and goal. Our aim is to strengthen this connection by sharing our stories and relationships  with the fantastic people behind our products. We are dedicated to delivering a quality product; one that doesn’t only tastes good but speaks for itself in the cups of our customers. And for that reason we work with farmers who share our passion for high quality speciality coffee. We soak in their experiences to understand from our farmers every step from farming, harvesting and processing  of coffee cherries. Through the journeys, we foster close and lasting relationships with whom we trust will take good care of the farms and their workers. Our sole motto is to make the coffee transparent and traceable so that the person serving the coffee is aware of the person who harvested the coffee. Nothing is left to chance. It is, quite simply, a more honest way of buying coffee. (1)



the plantation : MSP 

Our story began in the 1920’s when the illustrious MSP family migrated to the Shevaroys from a small, dry, southern town in Tamil Nadu, India.  It was then that our forefather, MSP Senthikumar Nadar, started trading in coffee, cardamom and other spices like many others at that time.  These products were bought from Kerala and other hill areas, dried and sold to various companies such as Pierce Leslie, Shaw Wallace & Co, Parry & Co, T Stanes & Co.  Subsequently his son, MSP Nadar, expanded the business from Tamil Nadu to include Karnataka and Kerala as well.

Their honesty, hard work and commitment to keep their word despite market fluctuations earned them the respect and appreciation of their community and business partners alike.  In the course of their travels, they purchased valuable plantations from the European community who owned most of the plantations at the time.

By 1960, Mr. MSP Rajes, the elder son of MSP Nadar, successfully expanded the plantations to cover over 3000 acres in Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka and established a very successful coffee curing unit called MSP Nadar Works in Salem.  He also established an export company called Hill Tiller & Co which went on to become India’s largest coffee exporter for over three decades.

Today the fourth and fifth generation of the MSP family run the plantations under the astute management of Mr. Mohan Rajes, son of MSP Rajes; Navin Rajes, Ashom Rajes and Kamalesh Pandianathan (2)

what i want to remember 

this was a super interesting coffee. iced process is new. honestly i dont know what it full entails. the coffee is delicious. beautifully full, mildly fruity, syrupy with lovely long aftertaste. it’s the perfect coffee who people who like their coffee balanced with the “dark roast” kinda notes and the fruity notes. oh and please please have this iced. 20g :200ml. start with 100g of ice. 40g for bloom and then rest as two 80g. delicious!!!

Source : 1, 2, 3, 4