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  • Indian Coffee Beans and their Journey they Go on.


Have you ever wondered about the journey coffee beans undertake before they reach your palate? Indian coffee, and it’s journey is imbued with rich history, meticulous cultivation, and traditional processing methods. Read on and you’ll probably learn something, and you’ll definitely want to drink some.

  • The Origins of Indian Coffee:

Coffee cultivation in India dates back centuries, with its roots traced to the legendary tale of Baba Budan, who brought seven coffee seeds to India from Yemen in the 17th century. These seeds marked the beginning of a coffee revolution that would shape India's coffee industry.

  • Cultivation and Harvesting:

Indian coffee beans are primarily cultivated in the southern regions of the country, which offer the ideal combination of altitude, climate, and soil conditions. The cultivation process typically involves the following steps:

a. Plantation Establishment: Coffee plants are carefully selected and planted in designated areas, often on picturesque hillsides. Arabica and Robusta are the two main coffee species grown in India, each requiring specific conditions for optimal growth.

b. Shade-Grown Coffee: Many Indian coffee plantations employ shade-grown techniques, where coffee plants are cultivated under the canopy of larger shade trees. This sustainable practice not only protects the coffee plants from direct sunlight but also promotes biodiversity and soil conservation.

c. Meticulous Harvesting: Coffee cherries ripen at different times, necessitating selective harvesting. Skilled farmers carefully handpick the ripe cherries, ensuring only the highest-quality ones are collected. This labor-intensive process is crucial in maintaining the integrity of Indian coffee beans.

  • Processing Methods:

Indian coffee beans undergo various processing methods, each contributing to the distinct flavors and characteristics of the final product. The two primary processing methods employed are:

a. Wet Process (Washed Coffee): After harvesting, the coffee cherries undergo pulping to remove the outer skin. The beans are then fermented to remove the remaining pulp, followed by thorough washing. This method results in a clean and bright flavor profile, often associated with Indian Arabica beans.

b. Natural Process (Sun-Dried Coffee): Alternatively, some Indian coffee beans are processed using the natural method. In this approach, the cherries are dried whole, allowing the beans to absorb the sugars and flavors from the fruit. This imparts a sweet and fruity taste to the coffee, contributing to the unique flavor profiles found in Indian coffees.

  • Sorting, Roasting, and Packaging:

After processing, the coffee beans are sorted based on size, density, and quality. This ensures that only the finest beans proceed to the next stage. The sorted beans are then roasted to perfection, bringing out the distinct flavors and aromas. Indian coffee roasters carefully monitor the roasting process to achieve the desired balance between acidity, body, and flavor intensity.

Finally, the freshly roasted beans are packaged, often with great attention to detail, to preserve their freshness and aroma. From specialty coffee bags to airtight containers, Indian coffee producers prioritize ensuring that the beans reach consumers in optimal condition.

All that to say...

Stay thirsty my friends.

  • Brewing and Enjoying Indian Coffee:

Once the coffee beans have completed their journey, it's time for the final step—brewing and savoring a delightful cup of Indian coffee. Whether you prefer a traditional Indian filter coffee, a smooth pour-over, or an aromatic espresso, Indian coffee's unique flavors are meant to be enjoyed and appreciated.