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  • Writer's pictureNishchay Nath

Ratnagiri Ruby 43 by Curious Life Coffee Roasters - 91 points

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

Review Date: August 2020

Color: 9 / 10

Aroma: 20 / 20

Flavour: 21 / 25

Finish: 19 / 20

Overall Quality: 22 / 25

Total Points: 91 / 100


This coffee has notes of peaches, apricots, grapefruit and molasses. The roaster mentions honeydew, apricot and candy as the tasting notes. I did feel that the body is a bit melon-y and the balance has a certain sweetness to it as well. This is a very peculiar one in my opinion. If you are anticipating that burnt smoky aftertaste or even the aromatics that resemble a coffee, then you are investing in the wrong product. This coffee is reflective of the third wave i.e. is delicate, complex and needs to be experimented on to find the right balance, mouthfeel and finish. A very personal. Has brilliant aromatics, rich flavours, a good balance, mouthfeel and finish. Overall, a winner.

Balance: Sweet-complex acidity

Complexity: High

Best for: Pourovers

Worst for: Espresso

Pro tips:

Need to approach this coffee with a mindset to find the right balance. It may be off-putting initially but just be patient. Coffee settles in the first 8-10 days and the flavours start coming out eventually.

Use boiling hot water to brew and a medium to fine grind size.

Final verdict: Absolutely recommended. Probably the best of this year.


Price: Rs 450 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: Honey Processed

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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