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  • Writer's pictureNishchay Nath

Ratnagiri Estate (Lot #42) by Subko Specialty Coffee Roasters

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

Review Date: October 2020

Color: 9 / 10

Aroma: 19 / 20

Flavour: 24 / 25

Finish: 19 / 20

Overall Quality: 23 / 25

Total Points: 94 / 100


This coffee blew my mind. The roaster mentions notes of Grapefruit Cordial, Blood Orange and Bubblegum, each of which can be easily extracted in the cup in spite of how the Ratnagiri is treated as a competition coffee. I was surprised when they sent me beans that were roasted 2 weeks ago. The coffee peaks around the 12-14th day and the balance is the flavour profile is beyond anything I've had in awhile. The cup starts smoothly with a note of grapefruit and is medium bodied. It has a great mouthfeel complimented by a syrupy citrus note. Finally, the cup leaves behind a lingering aftertaste of bubblegum and oranges. The brilliance of this coffee is its complexity yet the ease with which the flavours can be extracted. The flavour profile was intact well into the 4th week from roasting. An amazing coffee.

Balance: Complex acidity-sweet

Complexity: High

Best for: Pourovers, Aeropress

Worst for: NA

Pro tips:

Brew using water at 85 to 88°C to get a sweet balance

Final verdict: Highly recommended.


Price: Rs 515 for 250g

Roaster: Subko Specialty Coffee Roasters

Roast level: Medium

Type: Single Origin

Altitude: 1365 m

Location: Karnataka, India

Processing: Black Honey

Varietal: Catuai

Roaster Recommended Recipes

Method: Pourover

18 gms coffee

288 ml water @87°C

Pour 40 ml water slowly

Bloom for 40 seconds

Pour till the 150 ml mark

Swirl like a wine glass. Do not stir.

Pour till the 240 ml mark

Swirl like a wine glass. Do not stir.

Pour remaining water till you hit the 288 ml mark

Swirl gently

Let it drip

Target brew time of 3 min 30 seconds

Let the brew cool for 60 seconds

Enjoy :)


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


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