About India Balanoor Estate BBTC Peaberry
Arrived January 2016. This new India Peaberry washed microlot is a varietal that is brand new to the company from which we purchase this coffee, called BBTC varietal, it was developed by the Bombay Burmah Trading Company. It belongs to the Catimor varietal family and is a cross between Caturra and Hibrido-de-Timor.
Originally incorporated in 1937 with the acquisition of coffee estates from British growers, the farm is located in the Koppa Taluk region of India and sits at an elevation of 900 to 1400 meters (3000 to 4500 feet) above sea level. Other crops grown on the farm include pepper, areca, cardamom, and vanilla. Crop season is from January to July with two rounds of selective picking. All processing is done on site at their own wet mill. Housing, schooling, and medical facilities are provided to farm workers as well as other social benefits such as maternity and sick leave. The farm focuses on ecological and nature friendly cultivation and has an active natural preserve on the farm.
Cup Characteristics: Particularly textural experience with very pronounced heavy body and long, smooth mouth coating finish. Notes of tobacco, Baker's chocolate, artichoke. Very low acidity.
Roasting Notes: This is a relatively small peaberry or cylindrically shaped bean that did not divide into flat beans. If you have a much older Behmor roaster with a grid has squares than some of these beans may fall through; however, this will not be a problem if you have one of the more modern diagonal Behmor roasting grids. In drum roasters these beans roast particularly evenly because they roll around; by contrast they are more difficult to get airborne in hot air roasters.
India coffee facts:
Population (2006): 1.095 Billion people
Coffee Production: 4,930,000 bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg
Domestic Consumption: 1,450,000 bags
Coffee Export: 3,480,000 bags
Cultivated Area: 220,000 Hectares (545,000 acres)
Harvests: October to February for arabica coffees.
Arabica Introduced: Introduced from Yemen in 1670 by a muslim pilgrim, Baba Budan, into the state of Karataka.
Specialty Coffee Regions: Karataka (formerly Mysore) for North and South Coorg, Mysore, Bababudans, et al; Kerala for Malabar et al.
Grades: AA, A, "Monsooned"
Farms: About 90,000 farms.
Botanical Varietals: Old Chick (Chickmagalur origin), Coorg, Kent
Arabica coffee has been planted aggressively in India since early in the 19th century. Several varietals were attacked by coffee rust and in the 1920s the dominant varietal Kent ushered a new era for Indian coffee production. In addition to some high quality arabica coffees, about 2/3 of India's coffee production is lower, commercial grade robusta.