Coffee: Bewley’s Araku India

Coffee Review

3.0 stars

A return to Bewley’s this week – the Irish tea and coffee importers whose Panama we’ve featured before. Although based in Ireland, the coffee is fairly widely available in the UK as well.

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This is the Araku India coffee, grown in the Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh. Unlike some of their range, it’s nice to see that this is a Fairtrade product.

The grounds have a rich aroma, with dark fruits and old wood and just a touch of molasses. Brewed, the sweetness and the fruit is somewhat lost, and the old wood comes through more strongly.

There’s a richness to the flavour too, with warm dark fruits slowly yielding to a long lasting but gentle tannic bitter finish. The depth of flavour and full body makes me wonder a little about the strength 4 label, but it manages to keep that bitterness nicely subdued.

Overall a very drinkable coffee that deserves 3 stars.

Many thanks to Bord Bia for these samples.

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