Kohinoor AA is a medium bodied coffee, mild acid and clean sweetness of a Central American coffee, but with unique sweet herbal notes like Ricola and fresh mint that make it stand out. Balanced brew in middle roasts. City to Full City.
Karnataka is a state in India, and the name of the group who sourced this coffee. They work with a fairly large group of plantation farmers throughout different counties within Karnataka, and this lot represents mostly coffees from the city of Chikmagalur. Chickmagalur sits at the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, probably the most famous coffee region in India. The Karnataka folks used to just buy from one growing group, but have since cast a much wider net, where some of the value is in their ability to increase selection, and putting together from this more premium blends. This lot is what is referred to as "A" grade, about 15-17 screen size, so large bean, and gets a second sort during milling. They offer AB too, which definitely cupped a bit lower than the A. At any rate, about 70% of the coffee grown in the region is of the old Kent 975 arabica varietal, and all the coffee is shade grown out of necessity, for reprieve from the oppressive Summer temperatures. We brought in this washed AA grade, and a really unusual peaberry selection this year (you can check out the peaberry HERE). We're accustomed to seeing mainly robusta from India, and so it is a welcome change to cup an arabica coffee of this quality.
The dry fragrance of City+ roasts have a straight-forward, refined sugar sweetness with hazelnut accents low in the profile. The aromatics are really clean, if not a bit abrupt, and you get a sense of the restraint that is found in the cup. The brewed coffee has a simple syrup sweetness, soft around the edges. It's two dimensional when hot, but not in a bad way. Just a nice daily drinking flavor, with balanced sweetness and bittersweet notes, and finishing quite clean. As it cools City+ and Full City roasts show a nice culmination of toasted sugar, barley tea, and a Ricola-like herbal hint. This medium bodied, low acid cup fits the bill for those craving mild Central and South American coffees, but with sweet herbaceous accents that make it stand out on it's own.