About the bean
Our Robusta Kaapi Royale is prepared from Robusta Parchment AB coffee and comes from the regions of Mysore, Coorg, Malabar, Wayanad, Shevaroys, Pulneys and Bababudan.The standard Indian Parchment Kaapi Royale coffee is a Screen 17. This special grade of coffee is clean garbled and medium to well polished and striking in appearance: grey to bluish grey in colour, round with pointed ends. India is a bird-friendly country and this coffee is grown under natural shade, which makes for a bolder, more uniform bean than coffee grown under open conditions. There are no Peaberry brokens or extraneous matter. It's free from defectives to boot.
In the cup
Expect a full-bodied offering that is soft, smooth and mellow. Typical of a premium Kaapi Royale graded bean: clean, nutty, resonant finish.
Robustas need a minimum of Full City ++ (when the coffee has audibly reached 2nd crack). This one needs a lot of rest after roasting, as much as four days or more.
About the bean:
Unlike most of our coffees, which are named after the region in which they're grown, Santos is named after the port from which Brazil's famous coffees are shipped -- the beans are a blend of beans from many regions. These beans have been decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process and are well regarded if unremarkable. The Santos Decaf Swiss Water Process yields a light bodied, low acid brew with a pleasant aroma and a mild, smooth flavor. Many will blend their Santos with pricier, more distinctive beans that retain their intense flavor even when cut with Santos.
Roast this one light.
Even though nearly 75% of Brazil's coffee farms are considered small farm plantations (less than 10 acres each), Brazil has one of the coffee industry's best, most advanced coffee processing systems. It's no wonder Brazil is the world's leading coffee producer.
Brazil Santos gourmet coffee beans are processed using a natural dry method, which dries the coffee bean inside the cherry. This process ensures some of the fruit's sweetness remains.
Santos is the port much of Brazil's coffee passes through, it is not a coffee region.
Strictly Soft (SS-top grade): Grown at a lower altitude, this bean is less acidic than denser beans. The medium-toned brightness it does possess is somewhat reminiscent of tobacco/spice at first taste, but caramel is the longer note. This is a sweet bean, and makes a good base for espresso.
Species: Coffee Arabica
Appearance: 17-18 Screen
Flavour: Good for espresso (lots of crema and body)
Roast: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly)