Presidential Roast - Whole Bean Coffee - 16oz

Presidential Roast - Whole Bean Coffee - 16oz

Regular price $45.00 $27.00 Sale

Presidential Roast - Elite & Limited
16oz (1lb)

(Note: If you order a subscription to our Presidential Roast, it will change on an ongoing basis, due to the fact that we buy from farmers with very high-end and rare beans with limited supply. This allows you to sample the best coffee from a variety of vintages.)

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Nepal - Lekali Estate

Located on the slopes of Bhirkune Village in Nuwakot district, Lekali coffee estate brings you the taste of single estate, 100 % organically grown Arabica coffee. Nestled in the foothills of the Ganesh Mountain range, Lekali coffee estate is located 40 km north from the capital city of Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Elite Single Estate Grown Arabica Coffee.
Organically Grown.

History

In 1938, a hermit named Hira Giri bought some coffee seeds from Sindhu Province of Myanmar and planted them in Aapchour of Gulmi District for the first time in Nepal. Then it spread from one farmer to another as a peculiar ornamental plant for the next four decades. It was only in the 1980s that coffee was finally considered to be a cash crop. The mid hills region is great for organic coffee production as it has got suitable climate, topography, soil, relative humidity, temperature and rainfall for Arabica coffee. 
 

Plantation

Lekali Coffee Estate has planted more than 20,000 of well adopted coffee varieties of “Coffee Arabica” especially recommended for altitudes ranging above 900 meters. All their coffees were germinated in their own nursery to get the best coffee beans. Prior to the plantation phase in the estate, they prepare 20 by 20 inch of pits with the necessary fertilizers required for the coffee plants. Subsequently all the rocks and harmful weeds are removed from the pits prior to the plantation.

This has been a very adventure filled project contributing to reforestation, soil conversation, and wildlife preservation especially in connection with proving shelter to both migratory and non migratory birds.

Lekali Estate only uses organic fertilizers and the farm is planted with Arabica. Fertilizer used is the most common natural mixture of cow manure, molasses and tree leaves. They claim that no chemicals whatsoever, are used at Lekali Estate.

Picking Coffee

Coffee quality is a product of altitude and processing. One of the truisms of coffee growers is that the bean is at its finest the moment the ripe cherry is picked from the tree. The only thing the grower can do from then on is to diminish the quality - he can in no way improve on it. This means that as growers our responsibility is to pick only the ripest most perfect fruits and process them as perfectly as possible to bring out the full taste that nature put into them.

Lekali starts by carefully instructing those who hand pick the fruit, to only pick the completely ripe, red fruits. They are paid a premium for this. Every day, as the coffee is received in the processing plant, each harvester's production for the day is weighed and inspected for defects or green beans.

The coffee is then depulped within a few hours of being picked, preliminarily sorted, and the mucilage coat removed. They use both modern pulping machines and hand pulper to pulp those exocarp of the coffee cherries. Lekali process their coffees fully washed, and ferment those mucilage coated beans in their special fermentation tanks to break down the mucilage. The coffee is then 'pre-dried' to remove surface water either in the sun or by machine. Final drying to 12% moisture is then done slowly using concrete patio and raised beds. When finished, the green bean is dried to export standards and still covered with a thin paper like covering called parchment. Lekali stores the parchments in burlap bags, labeling each with a lot number and store the coffee in our warehouse where temperature and humidity is monitored.

 

Tasting Notes

  • Apricot
  • Cream
  • Very Sweet
  • Red Pepper
  • Tomato
  • Unique