Coffee Craft: Processing the Cherries

The Dry Method

Freshly picked cherries are simply spread out on huge surfaces to dry in the sun. To prevent spoiling, they are re-raked and turned throughout the day and covered at night. When the moisture content of the cherries drops to 11 percent, the drying process is complete.

The Wet Method

With this method, the freshly harvested cherries are passed through a pulping machine where the skin and pulp are separated from the bean. The beans are then separated by weight using water, the heavier riper sinking to the bottom.

A series of rotating drums then separate the beans by size, after which the beans are transported to large, water-filled fermentation tanks, where naturally occurring enzymes remove the mucus-like layer (the parenchyma) from the outside of the bean. Once complete the bean is rough to the touch.  The beans are rinsed by being passed through additional water channels. The beans are now ready to be dried.


Tiger Of Mysore Mocha Mysore Roasted Coffee Beans 250g

Net Weight: 250g

A Signature Blend, Mysore meets the chocolatey goodness of Mocha in this delicious and abiding blend. Enjoyed since the late 1600s, a classic combination of two of the world’s oldest coffees.

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A super blend of Indian Mysore and Yemeni Mocha best quality Arabia beans. Mysore and Mocha beans create a harmonious blend for an 'all day' coffee with a natural chocolatey aftertaste.

One of the componants, Mysore, is grown in southwest India in the State of Karnataka, formerly known as Mysore in the times of the East India Company's presence in India.

Coffee is not indigenous to India, It was in 1600 Baba Budan, a pilgrim en route home from Mecca through the Yemeni port of Mocha (then the global coffee hub) brought seeds back to India and planted them in the mountains near Mysore.
Unsurprisingly, it was The East india Company who then developed the coffee industry in Mysore in the early 19th Century following their defeat of Tipu Sultan, otherwise known as The Tiger of Mysore - after which we name our coffee blend.

The other bean is a Mocha. The Yemeni port of Mocha was the major marketplace for Arabica coffee from the 15th century until the early 18th century. The beans, of Ethiopian origin, are grown at higher ground inland and are prized for their distinctive complex flavor.
A light-bodied, slightly smoky cup with hints of Cinnamon and Grape.
The following guidance assumes the use of a cafetiere – we can provide other grinds if you prefer.

Freshly ground Tiger of Mysore coffee to a course grind.

Use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 220ml [an average mug or large cup size].

Filtered water is best, poured on the coffee just under the boiling point.

Brew for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you would like you coffee beans to be freshly ground by our team, please add your requirement at the checkout.

Grind level options are:

1: Extra Fine - for Turkish
3: Fine - for Espresso Machine
5: Medium - for Drip
7: Medium-Course - for Home Coffee Maker
9: Course - for Cafetiere
Origin: Yemen, India
Bean: 100% Arabica
Body: 2/5
Acidity: 2/5
Roast Type: Medium Roast
We are happy to grind your beans for you of course - your ground coffee will remain at its best for a few weeks once opened.

If you plan to use over an extended period, we recommend buying whole beans and to then grind only the exact amount required for each drinking occasion. Using a 'burr' grinder avoids heating up the beans as regular blade grinders do.

Store your beans or your ground coffee in an airtight container, in a cool [not refrigerated], dark place, away from other flavours. This will best preserve your coffee’s freshness and flavours."


Tiger of Mysore

The loss of the colonies in America led to national self-reflection and a new feeling of intolerance to what was now perceived as corrupt practices [the Tea Act of 1773 which caused the Boston Tea Party, itself a catalyst for American Independence].

Lord Cornwallis, fresh from Britain’s last failed defence of the American colony, became the Indian army’s new commander in chief in 1784 (and later the Governor General of India). He set the tone immediately by foregoing his annual salary of £6000.

Such was his positive impact in India, it was said that while Cornwallis lost a colony in the West, he won one in the East.

So the new zeitgeist in India: Duty, service and high moral ground.

Not without challenges though.
Tipu, the self-styled “Tiger of Mysore” was a protonationalist hero in Southern India, fond of tiger motifs worked into his uniforms, cannons, cane handles, bed hangings, swords and thrones. It all created or perpetuated perhaps a myth of a tigerish personality, which caught popular imagination in both Britain and India. He has caught our imagination too - we’ve even named one our ‘tigerish’ Signature coffee blends ’Tiger of Mysore’!]

However, he habitually defeated the British, treating prisoners cruelly. Cornwallis defeat of Tipu and capture of his capital Seringapatam in the 3rd Mysore war therefore was acclaimed in Britain and the Treaty that followed strangely included taking Tipu’s sons hostage - as a guarantee of Tipu’s good behaviour. Even though they were treated with great kindness, this was seen rather differently back in the day than would be the case today, as an example of British benevolence.

Tipu’s final defeat and death shortly afterwards in the 4th Mysore war laid the old enemy to rest.

See our Behind The Craft Story of “Cornwallis and the Mysore Hostages” and our use of the painting by Robert Home on our Assam Signature Caddy.

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  • FAQ

    What is the difference between Robusta beans and Arabica beans?
    Robusta and Arabica are simply the 2 main species of the coffee plant. Arabica is thought to be indigenous to Arabia and grows best at higher altitudes with shade and rainfall required, thus tending to be a little more expensive than the easier to grow Robusta. Arabica now accounts for the majority of coffee consumed, because the flavour is smooth and has a natural sweetness, with chocolate and berry undertones, whereas robusta can be quite bitter with a slightly burnt after taste - but is higher in caffeine and produces a better crema in an espresso.

    What sort of grind should I buy – I know there are different grades. Or should I buy beans?
    If you are an occasional coffee drinker then you probably don’t have a coffee bean grinder, in which case, the grind to buy depends on how you intend to brew your coffee. A French Press or Cafetiere requires a course grind and a longer brew, whilst making in the Turkish style means extra fine is required for this distinctive very strong brew. Do make sure you keep your ground coffee in a cool, dark place, well wrapped up. A coffee grinder can be good investment that allows you to buy beans which stay fresher for longer.

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