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Bukowski 2023 – Kerehaklu Snakehead Naturals (Microlot)

BEAN: 100% Fine Robusta |

COFFEE: Roasted

ROAST: Filter Roast |

TASTING NOTES: Clove, Vanilla, Pastry

TASTING NOTES: Clove, Vanilla, Pastry

  • Producers: Pranoy Thipaiah, Ajoy Thipaiah
  • Region: Chikmagalur
  • Type: 100% Fine Robusta
  • Roast Profile: Filter Roast
  • Altitude: 1160 MASL
  • Process: Snakehead Naturals
  • Varieties: CxR Robusta
  • Flavor Notes: Clove, Vanilla, Pastry

Looking through the windows of De Longpre apartment near LA’s Thai Town, Charles Bukowski lived most of his years in the sixties and the seventies alchemizing the rugged, coarse and ugly aspects of Los Angeles into his transformative and beautiful verses. A very talented poet who converted some of life’s strangest, darkest and disturbing moments into vividly moving imagery, he is to be appreciated for his tremendous ability to enable anyone to find delight even in life’s roughest experiences. Robusta coffee – Arabica’s sister in the shadows is considered inferior, rougher and undesirable. But Pranoy Thipaiah of Kerehaklu Estate is writing a refreshing new chapter in the grand tale of Fine Robusta coffee and we are proud exponents of it. We present to you this unique lot of Snakehead Naturals Robusta dedicated to Charles Bukowski.

If the great modern poets could be compared to coffees, all of them would be specialty Arabicas, but good old Charles would stand out as a Fine Robusta. Perceived as too rugged, too bold and sometimes too mad, all it took was a single reading of a few of his raw verses to experience the phenomenal depth of the man. We invite you to experience our Fine Robusta masterpiece – conceptualized and brought to fruition by the passion, creativity and hard work of Pranoy Thipaiah – that will change your opinion of Robustas henceforth and widen your horizons of coffee understanding. Our light to medium filter roast reveals gentle spice notes of clove that diplomatically make way for hints of vanilla and a sweet pastry finish. Expect a full-bodied cup, silky texture throughout and a pleasant bitterness that lingers for just the right amount of time. Bukowski was judged, misunderstood, rejected and even hated. He didn’t seem to care and went about his poetry and craziness in absolute style. It didn’t take much time for his rebutters to turn into exalters. Kerehaklu’s daring Robusta lot holds its very own form of magic. Here’s your chance to experience it.


Block name: Doddagandi Upper Block
Block details: Avocado, fig and jackfruit in canopy and understory
Soil: clay-like but well-drained soil
Biodiversity: bison and boar seen in this block
Brix at harvest: 25
Fermentation: Sequential underwater for 72 hours in ambient conditions of shade, aeration and regular mixing.
Drying: 20 days in playhouse
Raking on raised beds: By hand every 30 mins
Ageing: In jute, off the ground


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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.

We have promised ourselves to be as constraint-averse as possible. So, even if your needs go beyond roasted beans/roast & ground coffee into the realm of drip bags, dip bags, nutrition mixes, etc., we will find the ideal coffees that fit with these customizations. The objective is not to impose our ideas on our clients but to design solutions to execute their ideas.

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The customization of your products will be spread across three dimensions – roasting, grinding and marketing support. This will ensure that they are differentiated and well-positioned in the market. We employ an artisanal approach to roasting which combines scientific information with artistic ability to bring the best out of the beans we source.

We first collect information from our partner farms/processors about the growing and processing techniques used to produce the beans we source. We then study the physical characteristics of the bean such as moisture, color, shape and density. Before sourcing each lot, we run a series of experiments in our lab to understand how various roasting patterns create different interactions of heat with the beans to produce different flavor profiles. Once we identify a profile that yields extraordinary results, our decision to source the coffee is finalized. This in-depth understanding of each of the lots that we source enables us to provide our clients with highly customized products – whether the coffees are single estate, single origin or blends.

In addition to customized roasting, we offer customized grinding solutions to clients who do not possess grinding equipment. We also provide our clients with product stories, packaging design ideas and any other related information that can assist them with marketing. All our partners are given access to complete traceability information and documentation when applicable to the products they source.

Design a Tailored Supply Plan

Coffee is an annual crop and due to the high demand for specialty coffee, most roasters complete their sourcing activities for the year 2 – 3 months after the harvest period. Due to this reason, specialized lots of coffee are available only in limited quantities. But to ensure that you never run out of coffee, we can design tailored supply plans for each of your products to meet demand throughout the year.

Whether you require small specialized batches of 5kg a month or have a much larger commercial requirement, we can plan ahead to ensure your coffees always reach you on time and your customers are never left wanting.

Coffee Beans for Roasters

Our sister firm deals with an annual export of 10,000 – 15,000 metric tons of coffee in a year. This expansive trading network has given us the ability to source a large variety of high-quality coffees from all growing regions in India and around the world. We extend this sourcing network to roasters of all sizes and maintain very small minimum order quantities to ensure our clients are given the opportunity to experiment roasting with different coffees. As your sourcing partner, we will enable you to source volumes that are aligned with your expected demand. Our access to numerous coffee markets combined with our small MOQs will let you experiment with your product mix and switch between products whenever you deem necessary.


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