WHERE IT BEGINS

RIVERSIDE ESTATES

HAND PICKED COFFEE

Riverside Coffee Estates is located in a zone that receives 55 inches or 140 cm of rains annually. This is ideal for coffee cultivation. Our passion for the environment compels us to maintain a huge shade cover that resembles a jungle. Luckily, the soil fertility is high due to the river basin. This ensures a yield of 70 tonnes of coffee yearly. Only the best of beans are hand selected at every stage to give you the best cup of coffee.

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Coffee – Robusta Beans

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of “berries“ from the Coffee plant. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded arabica, and the less sophisticated but stronger and more hardy robusta.

Red-Cherry
Red Cherry

Berries have been traditionally selectively picked by hand; a labor-intensive method, it involves the selection of only the berries at the peak of ripeness.They are then sorted by ripeness and color and only the best coffee is processed.

Parchment
Parchment

The flesh of the berry is removed, by machine, and the seeds are fermented to remove the slimy layer of mucilage. Once fermented, the seeds are washed with large quantities of fresh water to remove the residue; Finally, the seeds are dried, on a concrete patio.

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Hulled
Hulled

After the pulp is removed what is left is the bean surrounded by two additional layers, the silver skin & the parchment. Hulling is done using machines that range from simple millstones to sophisticated machines which gently whack at the coffee to remove the parchment.

Grading
Grading

Grading is the process of categorizing coffee beans on the basis of various criteria such as size of the bean, or imperfections (defective/broken beans, colour stains.etc) We impose a level of quality control that goes well beyond conventionally defined criteria to ensure only the highest level of coffee reaches you. All damaged beans as above are not used to making premium coffees.

Roasted
Roasted

The roasting process is what produces the characteristic flavor of coffee by causing the green coffee beans to change in taste ,During roasting, caramelization occurs as intense heat breaks down starches, changing them to simple sugars that begin to brown, which alters the color of the bean usually at a temperature of 200 °C

A NEW EPISODE

For one entire century, our family grew coffee beans but never sold straight to you, the customer. The idea of selling roasted coffee came to us in September 2013 during a discussion with some workers. In the way some work had to be executed and thus made us realise that we had never tasted our own coffee. We had a small batch of our coffee roasted for everyone to taste. This is when we realized the fruit of our hard work. Ever since then, every Wednesday morning all workers have a cup of Riverside Coffee. This reminds us what we are all working towards. A really good cup of coffee.

THE EXTENDED FAMILY

With a workforce of more than 20 families that live on the estate, we are more like family here with the average number of years of employment being around ten. Education, healthcare and other benefits are provided to ensure that everyone is taken care of beyond government specified measures.