Why is Nepal Coffee Considered an Exclusive Coffee?
Nepal coffee is known for its unique flavor profile and high quality, and it can be considered an exclusive coffee in its own right. Here are some of the characteristics that make Nepal coffee unique:
- Grown at high altitudes: Nepal coffee is grown in the Himalayan foothills at elevations from 1,100 meters up to 1,800 meters above sea level. This high altitude and unique terroir give the beans a distinct flavor profile that is different from coffee grown at lower elevations.
- Selective Handpicking and Hand sorting of fresh cherries: 100% of our fresh cherries are handpicked. We select only the well-ripe cherries to harvest and float them on the water to take out the defective cherries. After the defective cherries are removed, we will hand-sort the best cherries for further processing of pulping.
Though this process is time-consuming and expensive in comparison to the other regular process, the result of this process will enhance the overall coffee quality and flavor profile.
- Organic cultivation: Farmers in Nepal use organic and sustainable farming methods, which means that the coffee is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides.
- Specialty coffee: Nepal coffee is often classified as specialty coffee, which means that it has a unique flavor profile and is produced in limited quantities. Specialty coffee is typically higher quality than regular coffee and is often sold at a premium price.
- Unique flavor profile: Nepal coffee is known for its unique flavor profile, which is characterized by notes of citrus, floral, and spices. The flavor profile can vary depending on the specific growing region and processing method.
Overall, Nepal coffee can be considered an exclusive coffee due to its unique flavor profile, high quality, and limited availability. It is not as well-known as some other exclusive coffee varieties, but it is gaining popularity among coffee enthusiasts around the world.
Raj Kumar Banjara, PhD (www.nca.coffee)
Q Grader, AST