A rich and indulgent coffee with natural tasting notes of sweet lychee and hints of mellow spices, Monsieur Lychee is a rare gem from the prominent coffee growing region of Karnataka, India. It has a round and full-bodied mouthfeel, and a taste profile so sophisticated you’ll start speaking in French.
900 metres high on the warm upland of Hassan is Ubban; pristine with a bouquet of mountain springs and streams. The Goddess Parvarthamma has been watching over her abode for ages - the thick forests are home to a large bio-diversity of the region.
A walk in the woods will chance a spotting of leopards, peacocks, wild boards and spotted deers. The forest is also the habitat of jungle fowls, bats and flying squirrels.
The high altitude and sufficient rainfall make it conducive to plant coffee, with the earliest records of coffee planted back from the 1854. In 1876, Mr. Brooke Mocketre planted the area with trees which grew to give a mixed shade to the coffee crop. Today, the estate grows a range of Arabica and Robusta with varietals such as S795, S4345, & HDT x Catuai. Robusta varietals that can be found here are S274 and Peridenia.
The lot that we have here consists of Ubban Estate's Arabica varietals processed as Black Honey, which involves picking only the ripest cherries which are left to soak overnight. The cherries are then pulped, while retaining its mucilage. As the mucilage is retained, it then goes on the drying beds to further ferment and develop its unique flavours.