The Estate : Ratnagiri International
The Ratnagiri Estate is an environmentally abundant corner of the majestic South Indian Western Ghats near Bababudangiri, the place where coffee in India originated. Spread over 117 hectares, Ratnagiri has an impressive yield of quality specialty coffee successfully inter-cropped with fine pepper. Ratnagiri literally means Pearl Mountains, and the dense silver oaks that tower over remarkably flavourful shade grown coffee give a silvery hue to the hills illustrating the name. At Ratnagiri, generations of the Patre family have dedicated their lives since 1927, caring for a land that has rewarded their passion and perseverance. With Coffee, Pepper and Nature.
Ratnagiri Estate coffee is a popular purchase by fine flavour seeking palates across the world. The farm follows strict quality standards and has it’s own water supply from two fresh water streams following strict guidelines of government quality and pollution control boards. With a strong commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability, the coffee from the estate is a fine blend of art and heart! (1)
Ratnagiri Estate is a Rainforest Alliance certified farm in the South Indian Western Ghats near Bababudangiri, the place where coffee in India first originated. The Patre family has looked after the farm since 1927 and their approach to farming has always placed ecology and harmony with the environment at the forefront of their work. Ratnagiri literally means ‘Pearl Mountains’ and gets this name from the dense Silver Oaks that tower over coffee plants, lending a silver hue to the hills where the farm sits. (2)
The Roaster : Ground Zero Coffee Roasters
The microroastery in Nasik was founded by Dhiraj Vijay Agrawal. Ground Zero is focused on improving lives through sustainable farming and fair trade practices between coffee farmers and coffee consumers.(3)
What i Want to Remember
this is year two of the same coffee (diff roaster though). the coffee is super clean, well balanced with the lovely fruity berry notes that i consider synonymous with Ratnagiri but there’s also a layer of “dark”. nutty, “kaapi” notes that we usually seen with washed coffee. what i truly want to remember is how this coffee tasted brilliant even when i forgot it in the cup and had it hours later. zero bitterness and surprisingly the “dark” flavours dint take over too. absolute winner