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Anaikadu Malabar Squirrel’s Leap (India)

BEAN: 100% Arabica |

COFFEE: Omni Roast

ROAST: Medium Dark |

TASTING NOTES: Black Pepper, Cashews, Prunes

TASTING NOTES: Black Pepper, Cashews, Prunes

Malabar Squirrel’s Leap is a pleasant dream encapsulated in a lot of coffee – a shared dream between Nisha Thomas, her husband George Kurian, their little daughter Anaika, and charming pup Bella who’ve crafted a captivating Arabica that marries aromas of spice to sweet notes in the cup. Anaerobic Naturals continue to storm the coffee universe with their complex cups and funky expressions. They also display peculiar reactions to heat making them very difficult to roast with an omni profile. We’re happy that an omni profile was possible for this one making it accessible to espresso and manual brew lovers.

A mild black pepper aroma leads to a medium-bodied cup and balanced acidity with notes of cashews and prunes. Enjoy!

  • Producers: Nisha Thomas, Kurian George, Anaika
  • Region: Coorg
  • Type: 100% Arabica
  • Roast Profile: Omni Roast
  • Altitude: 950 MASL
  • Process: Anaerobic Fermented Naturals
  • Varieties: Selection 795, Catimor
  • Flavor Notes: Black Pepper, Cashews, Prunes


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“Our fundamental goal is simple – help grow your business by supplying you with great coffee.
But here’s a few other things we do to go the extra mile and make sure we’ve got you covered.”

Understand the Needs of Your Business

We begin our business relationship with you by understanding your goals and expectations and the vision you have for your business. Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the industry or an experimenting entrepreneur with an interest in coffee, we focus our efforts on first exploring what you would like to achieve so we can streamline your ideas into an integrated vision that helps us understand the best way to generate value for your business.

We take long-term business relationships very seriously since they form the skeletal frameworks for the growth models of our clients as well as our own.

Identify the Best Products For You

Our portfolio is expansive and we continue to add new coffees every year. The flavor profiles of our coffees are as diverse as the regions from which we source them. The typical coffee drinker is one who can differentiate between the slightest of subtleties and it is key for businesses to heed to the ever-evolving demands of the consumer’s palette. We will identify the best coffees in our portfolio that match the flavor profiles you are interested in so we can offer your customers a delightful product.

From The Producer

Anai Kadu roughly translates to elephant jungle with Anai meaning elephants and Kadu meaning jungle, and is run by Kurian George and Nisha Thomas.

The Story

A pandemic-fuelled short escape from Bangalore brought us to the farm in May 2020. What was supposed to be a break for 2-3 weeks turned out to be over 2 years long, where we immersed ourselves in the farm life and realized this is what we enjoyed the most. Wrapping up our life in Bangalore and moving to the farm for good was a no-brainer and that’s what we did. Here we are, at Anai Kadu – doing what we love the most, growing our produce with all our love, care and dedication.

The Name

We wanted our name to convey a little more about us, our location, our ecosystem and what’s important to us. Our 50-acre farm shares a boundary with the Devamachi reserve forest, a part of the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve (Incidentally, one of the Arabica x Robusta hybrids developed a few years ago was named Devamachi after this forest) and we have the majestic pachyderms (elephants) frequently visiting the farm. So we decided to name ourselves Anai Kadu which reflects the forest we’re adjacent to, and also our favourite animals the Anai that are frequent visitors. The farm’s name also has the name of the tiny human of Anai Kadu – Anaika in it.

The farm is located at an elevation of roughly 3100 ft above sea level and has relatively flat topography. We are a shade-grown coffee plantation with our coffee growing under 2-tier shade, with mostly native trees forming our primary tree cover, and nitrogen-fixing Glyricidia for the secondary level of shade.

The larger family holding known as Pottamkulam estate, was bought by Kurian’s grandfather the late K. J. Kurian, and has been in the family since 1959.

The People of Anai Kadu

Kurian: Kurian is a 4th generation planter and currently runs the farm more or less full-time. He is also the Chief Financial Office of Bio-lutions, a manufacturing startup producing disposable tableware from agricultural waste.

Nisha: Nisha is a very new entrant to the farming scene, having spent close to a decade and a half in the corporate world with MNCs and startups. After moving to the farm in May 2020, she developed a very keen interest in coffee farming, and specifically post-harvest processing of coffee. She loves learning more about coffee and farming, and the world around her each day. She manages the post-harvest processing of our specialty coffee and also manages our social media pages.

Anaika: Our now 9-year old little girl with a curiosity for everything around her and whom we have named the farm after. She loves her books, art, crafts, music and loves to observe everything around her with a keen eye.

Bella: Our almost 2-year old labrador and first pet. High energy, extremely social and food-motivated, Bella loves to swim and follow Kurian everywhere he goes. When she’s not on the field with Kurian, she enjoys endless games of tug and fetch.


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