Nepal Himalayan Arabica

  • High quality Arabica coffee is produced in mountainous regions between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. So when I was at the Specialty Coffee Association conference in 2016, I was surprised to see a delegation dressed in traditional garb from Nepal. Nepal is not in the tropics. So everything I’ve thought about that “fact” was about to be challenged, which I love. I spent quite a bit of time scouring the internet and contacting people in Nepal and in other parts of the world who claimed to have access to good coffee grown in Nepal. But it wasn’t until I found Greenland Organic Farm that I felt the smallest possibility of actually finding something worthwhile. Samples arrived and I roasted them; and skeptically put them on my cupping table. But much to my surprise, this coffee delivered some attributes that really impressed me. It’s grown in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in the Nepali district of Lamjung. With the 8th highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (26,781 feet) near by, the coffee is grown in a beautiful place, at a reasonable elevation around 4,400 feet. The varieties in this coffee are Typica and Bourbon - the variety that originated on Reunion Island and is now dominant in Rwanda and other east African coffees. The surprising thing about this coffee, probably due to the terroir (and perhaps the inclusion of some Typica), is its mild flavors relative to the bold meatiness of most Bourbons I’ve tasted. It’s softer and sweeter. The coffee is the product of 465 coffee growing households that hand pick and hand pulp the ripe cherries. Wet processing happens in the farm and then the coffee is sold to a near by cooperative, where our coffee was sourced by a man named RK Banjara, who is the only licensed Q Grader (professional coffee taster) in Nepal. To my knowledge, the DoubleShot is the only company in the U.S. to roast this coffee. Or any coffee from Nepal. It was quite a risk to import this coffee ourselves. So I’m really excited to present to you an excellent cup from the hillsides of the Himalaya.
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