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  • Writer's pictureNishchay Nath

Ratnagiri Catuai by Curious Life Coffee Roasters - 92 points

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

Review Date: August 2020

Color: 9 / 10

Aroma: 19 / 20

Flavour: 23 / 25

Finish: 19 / 20

Overall Quality: 22 / 25

Total Points: 92 / 100


This coffee has notes of berries, honey and sweets. The roaster mentions blackberry, caramel and sweet floral as the tasting notes. Now these are really competitive coffees to brew. I found that if you brew using boiling hot water, the first note you get in the cup as soon as the brew hits your palate is of blackberry. Soon, a honey caramel-like balance takes over against a background of berries and floral. Flavours are superb in the cup. The aromatics are great and the coffee finishes with that blackberry it started with. A point of caution though. As the temperature of the brew drops, a distinct tartiness takes over. Personally of the view that this coffee should be consumed piping hot or iced. Otherwise, a beautifully roasted coffee.

Balance: Sweet-complex acidity

Complexity: High

Best for: Pourover

Worst for: Espresso

Pro tips:

Keep it simple. Boiling hot water, finer grind size and standard methods of brewing

Best enjoyed hot

Final verdict: Absolutely recommended.


Price: Rs 440 for 250g

Roaster: Curious Life Coffee Roasters

Roast level: Filter

Type: Single Estate

Estate Name: Ratnagiri Estate

Altitude: 1200 - 1300 m

Location: Baba Budan Giri

Processing: Washed

Varietal: Catuai

Roaster Recommended Recipes

Method: Pourover

17 gms coffee

275 ml water @ boiling hot

Pour 60 ml water

Bloom for 30 seconds

Swirl it nicely

Take water to 180 ml in 1 min

Swirl gently

Take it to 275 ml in 1 min 30 seconds

Swirl gently

Let it drip

Target brew time of 3 min to 3 min 30 seconds


Disclaimer: Views are personal. These reviews are based on the 100 point ratings system designed by the author.


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