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Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh, India
Brown sugar, caramel & balanced acidity
Organic India Araku Valley is a properly serious coffee. It appeals to the Mule’s competitive side.
The village leaders in the Araku Valley make sure that only the ripest cherries get picked for processing, because they know that each harvest they are going up against the other villages in the annual competition. It’s a big deal, the Mule gets stoked by competitions.
Brown sugar flavours and slow, spicy finish makes sure that all that seriousness was worth it.
Coffee: India Araku FTO
Caramel, brown sugar flavours and balancing grape like acidity, coating mouthfeel and subtle spicy finish. Very well rounded and versatile across brew methods.
A long-time partner of Bewley’s, the producers of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh have been growing organic coffee since 2001.
The Araku Organic Coffee Project supported by Naandi Foundation aims to raise coffee quality standards to ensure higher prices and better living. But also, to ensure sustainable farm practices using the organic and biodynamic practices.
Gathering the best of the crop from villages in the valley, the central processing mill in Araku Village, produces around 90% washed coffee, with a small amount of honey and natural processed offerings as well. Only the ripe red cherries are brought for processing as the leaders of each village make sure that the best of the production goes to the mill as a point of pride.
Each year at the end of harvest, the producers come together and hold an awards ceremony giving prizes to the top 3 biodynamic coffees and then the grand prize for the best village lot. This has the effect of driving standards and mutual learning to push production standards higher.