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  • Nishchay Nath

Curveball by Kapi Kottai

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

Review Date: September 2020

Color: 9 / 10

Aroma: 20 / 20

Flavour: 23 / 25

Finish: 19 / 20

Overall Quality: 21 / 25

Total Points: 92 / 100


This coffee has notes of berries, fermented grapes almost wine-like as described by the roaster and a slight woodiness. It has a very strong aroma similar to how the barrel aged coffees have but more along the lines of wine. I had to confirm with the estate about the processing involved to ensure my understanding of the processing. The notes in this coffee are beyond anything I've had in the past. The winey nature of the coffee is brilliant. It has a medium body and finishes off decently well with a smoked woody aftertaste. This coffee is quite straightforward and is not heavy on complexity. I felt that it has more potential to be explored and can be pushed further. One of those coffees which you should try.

Best for: Pourovers

Worst for: Espresso

Pro tips:

Brew iced pourovers to enjoy a distinct wine-like flavour note

Use a lower brewing temperature of about 85 to 88 degrees

Final verdict: Absolutely recommended.


Price: Rs 450 for 250g

Roaster: Kapi Kottai

Roast level: Medium

Type: Single Estate

Estate Name: Mooleh Manay Estate

Altitude: 890 - 975m

Location: Coorg

Processing: Double fermented pulp sun dried

Varietal: Excelsa

Roaster Recommended Recipes

Method: Inverted Aeropress

22 gms coffee

220 ml water @85°C

Pour 44 ml water slowly

Stir it well to ensure all the coffee is wet

At 30 seconds, pour the rest of the water by the 55 second mark

Stir 3 times

Begin pressing gently at 1 min 30 seconds

Plunge for 45 seconds

Target brew time of 2 min 15 seconds

Stir coffee once before drinking

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Disclaimer: Views are personal. These reviews are based on the 100 point ratings system designed by the author.

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