The tale of Tata Nullore Estate coffee that made it to the Starbucks Reserve in Seattle
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A variety of Indian brew, which was grown in the hills of the Western Ghats in
Last year, this single-origin Arabica coffee grown in Karnataka’s
Located at around 3,000 feet above sea level,
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The 394-hectare estate produces over 500 tonnes of coffee every year.
To put things into perspective, the first official ‘Indian coffee’ to be available through the brand:
Starbucks had created a special India-sourced coffee, called ‘India Estates Blend’, as a tribute but it was sourced, roasted, packaged, and sold only in India.
But that was sourced from multiple coffee lots, unlike
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What makes ‘Block 19’special?
For starters, this Arabica coffee is grown under a unique two-tier shade system under local and fruit bearing trees.
The shade is carefully controlled, which helps the coffee bean mature slowly, allowing it to absorb its environment which gives it the special smell and taste.
The coffee is intensely fragrant and aromatic, with notes of red apple, caramel, citrus, toasted nuts, and milk chocolate.
This taste and smell is attributed to the flora and fauna that surrounds this 8-hectares estate.
Trees like Ficus, Jackfruit, and Silver Oak surround the coffee plants giving the earthiness to the coffee.
Block 19 is home to a colony of ‘fruit bats’ and migratory birds which are the main reason behind the coffee’s fruity persona.
The estate also plays host to the honey bee.
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Sunalini Menon, Asia’s first woman coffee expert has been credited for the experiential of deconstructing the Nullore Microlot. She closely worked on this micro lot that has put Indian coffee on the global map.
She says that this coffee has opened up opportunities for the quality coffee that India produces now, ‘To nurture every particular bean to reach the best quality, the processing takes up the entire year. From the soil, to the climate to even pesticides, can affect the coffee bean and we took extra care to send out 2 tonnes of the Nullore estate coffee of which each bean was tested for quality before being shipped out to the US," she proudly exclaims.