Locality- Western Ghat Mountains
Farm- Kalledevarapura Estate
Producer- D.M. Shankar Family
Altitude- 3800 – 4100’
Process- Honey Process, sun dried on raised beds
$16.45 - 12 oz. bag
Deep nutty flavors, clean and smooth with a delicate tang and plush body. This coffee shines in the press and as an espresso. It is also amazing served iced or as a cold brew.
The Kalle Honey is a special production micro-lot that we are offering for the second year from the Kalledevarapura Estate. It is grown in the Western Ghat Mountains by D.M. Shankar and his family who own the Kalledevarapura Estate. Their complex approach to polyculture farming includes providing a dense shade canopy of silver oak, jack fruit and fig with companion planting in the understory of vanilla, cardamom, and pepper vines. The orchard is home to a broad diversity of fauna including Jungle Pigeon, owl, deer, fox and wild boar.
The Kalle Honey is distinct from our main Kalledevarapura offering because of its processing method. The Honey Process involves stripping the seeds from the coffee cherry and then allowing them to dry in the sun without any intermediary washing or wet fermentation stage. The effect renders a super smooth cup with concentrated nut flavors.
Kalledevarapura dates back to 1865 when it was first established by the British. In 1950, the farm changed hands to Shankar and, under his directive, has made many changes regarding the coffee varieties planted there and the methods for growing and processing. The S-795 variety is now the primary cultivar at Kalledevarapura. S-795 was created in the 1940’s by crossing two older Indian varieties, Kents and S-288.
The Kalle Honey has been shade grown in a polyculture forest farm environment and has been cultivated without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.