Located near Sakleshpur in the Manjarabad region of Karnataka, Harley estate is owned and managed by veteran coffee producers DM Purnesh, DM Shankar and their family. Renowned globally for their fantastic washed Robustas, after several years of research and development they now produce intriguing Arabica Microlots year after year. A conscious effort has been invested by the producers to raise their coffees to elevated standards and the effort continues with no limits in sight. They have a dedicated lab at the plantation where their in-house experts conduct several experiments ranging from carbonic macerated and whiskey-barrel aged coffees to coffee blossom tea and even coffee beer!
- Producers: Sreeraksha Pournesh
- Region: Baba Budan Giri
- Type: 100% Arabica
- Roast Profile: Espresso Roast
- Altitude: 1170 – 1600 MASL
- Process: Red Honey
- Varieties: Selection 795
- Flavor Notes: Bright green-apple like malic acidity and rich, creamy body. Notes of dried dates and raisins, hints of stone fruit and a tangy, grapy finish.
The first espresso roast in the Showcase series is finally here! And it also turns out to be the first honey. Dates & Raisins is an effort at creating a sweet and viscous espresso that boasts of enough balance to ensure high performance in milk-based beverages too. The cherries were tenderly handpicked at an optimal brix level of 23 in the sprawling grounds of Baarbara Estate at altitudes ranging from 1170 to 1600 meters above sea level. They underwent stringent sorting to guarantee that only the ripest, most exquisite fruits made the cut. To maintain the coffee’s purity, pristine stream water was used to wash the cherries, washing away any impurities. This meticulous cleansing process guaranteed a clean slate for the next stages of production.
Following this, the cherries began their transformative journey. Carefully placed in fermentation tanks for precisely 48 hours, they underwent partial pulping without water, setting the stage for further flavour development in the drying process. The cherries were rested on elevated beds with a considerable amount of mucilage left on to create potential for their distinctive sweetness and character. Over the course of 22 days, shaded drying ensured the cherries were gently dehydrated, preserving their nuanced flavours and aromas.
The result? A coffee of unparalleled quality that beckons to espresso enthusiasts. With its remarkable density and sweetness, “Dates & Raisins” is tailor-made for espresso aficionados seeking a refined and captivating experience. Displaying a captivating malic acidity reminiscent of crisp green apples, this coffee boasts a rich and creamy body that’s perfectly suited for a range of espresso experiments and all milk-based beverages.
Dive into the cup and uncover the delightful symphony of flavours. Notes of dried dates and raisins greet your palate, followed by subtle hints of stone fruit that add depth and intrigue. The journey culminates in a tangy, grapy finish that lingers, inviting you to savour each sip.
Whether you’re a seasoned espresso enthusiast or a curious newcomer to the world of specialty coffee, this lot promises an unforgettable and indulgent experience.