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Kerouac – Ratnagiri Carbonic Maceration (Microlot)

from 580.00

  • Producers: Ashok Patre
  • Region: Chikmagalur
  • Type: 100% Arabica
  • Roast Profile: Filter Roast
  • Altitude: 1340 MASL
  • Process: Carbonic Maceration
  • Varieties: Catuai
  • Flavor Notes: Beaujolais Wine, Pistachio, Mosambi Rind

The Beat Generation of the Fifties was characterized by the incessant urge to break away from long-held traditions and strictures to traverse new paths that were never treaded before. The iconic face that represented this movement was the one and only Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac, fondly known as Jack Kerouac. From one of India’s pioneering plantations in the specialty coffee space – Ratnagiri Estate of Mr. Ashok Patre – we bring you a groundbreaking experimental microlot that represents all things rebellious about the modern coffee movement in India.

Coffee today finds itself in a Beat phase of its own as producers, traders, curers, roasters like ourselves and baristas push the limits of traditional processing, trading, roasting and brewing to release the infinite potential and grandeur of the coffee beverage. Processed using the Carbonic Maceration method that comes from the wine industry, this lot of coffee will have you dissolved in enthusiasm as you gurgle it on your palate to produce notes of Beaujolais Wine and Pistachio that jive on a sustained aroma of squeezed Mosambi Rind.

There is only one legend who can do justice to do the non-conventional nature of this coffee and that is Jack Kerouac himself – the poet and Beat genius who we dedicate this coffee to.

Process: The ripened coffee cherries following harvesting and sorting are fermented with carbon dioxide in sealed tanks. Carbon dioxide is pumped into these tanks while oxygen is allowed to escape from a valve above. This allows for the creation of a low oxygen environment referred to as an anaerobic environment. Various micro-organisms thrive in this environment that react with the coffee fruit and mucilage. These reactions will produce a number of different aromatic compounds that are largely responsible for the final flavour. Temperature and pressure increases in this environment which also allows for these compounds to migrate into the seed from the surrounding mucilage and fruit. The carbonic maceration process is known to yield winey, sweet, juicy and exotic coffees with very unique flavour notes.


The Ratnagiri Estate is an environmentally abundant corner of the majestic South Indian Western Ghats near Bababudangiri, the place where coffee in India originated. Spread over 117 hectares, Ratnagiri has an impressive yield of quality specialty coffee successfully inter-cropped with fine pepper. Ratnagiri literally means Pearl Mountains, and the dense silver oaks that tower over remarkably flavourful shade grown coffee give a silvery hue to the hills illustrating the name. At Ratnagiri, generations of the Patre family have dedicated their lives since 1927, caring for a land that has rewarded their passion and perseverance. With Coffee, Pepper and Nature.

Ratnagiri Estate coffee is a popular purchase by fine flavour seeking palates across the world. The farm follows strict quality standards and has it’s own water supply from two fresh water streams following strict guidelines of government quality and pollution control boards. With a strong commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability, the coffee from the estate is a fine blend of art and heart!

Grind Size

Whole Beans, Turkish, Espresso, Aeropress, Moka Pot, South Indian Filter, Inverted Aeropress, V60 Pourover, Electric Drip Filter, Chemex, French Press, Cold Brew, Channi


250g, 2x250g

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