||Indian Bibi Washed Peaberry 2017
||Varietal: Red Catucaí Peaberry
Five hours' drive towards the coast from Bangalore lies the small town of Suntikoppa (population: 20,000), among the Coorg hills of southern India. This is the heart of the coffee growing area in Karnataka state, and all around lie small-to-medium sized farms. Located at 600-800 metres above sea level in these fertile hills is Faiz Moosakutty’s Bibi plantation.
The 250 acre plantation has been in the Moosakutty family since 1960, and it is named after Faiz’s mother. Faiz took over in 1990 and has since embarked on replanting the entire estate, aiming to create a model coffee farm. This process is now 98% complete and the Bibi plantation produces some of the region’s finest coffee. Faiz lives on the farm with his wife, Sonia, and their two children – Rihan and Tara.
Faiz does not cut corners and runs his farm in an environmentally and socially responsible way. The coffee is grown in the shade of indigenous silver oaks, jungle figs and rosewood trees, which provide habitat for a vast array of bird and insect life, and also the occasional elephant from the nearby forest!
While the estate is not officially certified organic, no chemical weed killers are used. Instead, weeds are removed by hand so that the cut plants form a natural green compost. Micronutrients, manure and compost produced from the skins of pulped coffee cherries are important and organic fertilisers widely used on the estate.
Some 100 people work on the plantation, around half of whom live on-site. The farm provides free electricity, free housing and free medical assistance. Faiz also offers interest free loans to assist with the education of workers’ children, and pay-back schedules are kept flexible and worked out on a case-by-case basis. As Faiz told us on a recent visit to London, ‘It is a big responsibility – like looking after a family of 100 people!’
In the cup the first thing that hits me is the really great body of this coffee, it's always been there in previous years and it's back! This year caramel and cacao nibs join a subtle green apple acidity before the cup finishes with tobacco leaf.
Region: Karnataka state
Nearest town: Suntikoppa
Farm: Bibi Plantation
Varietal: Red Catucaí Peaberry
Processing method: Washed
Drying method: Patios
Altitude: 600–800 m.a.s.l.
Owner: Faiz Moosakutty and family
Medium dark - all the way through to the first pops of second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Caramel, cacao nibs, tobacco leaf, green apple.
Note: Cupping Scores for Clean cup, Flavour, Balance & Overall are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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