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Coffee Estate in South India [ Tamilnadu ]

Tamilnadu, the state remembered for its myriad temples and historic culture, produces both Arabica and Robusta coffees, with Arabicas of approx.12,000 T and Robustas of 5000T.

Nilgiris, the number one region in the world market for fragrant teas, is also the home to aromatic and distinguished coffees from India. The Nilgiri Hills also known as the Blue Mountains of India, produces just 2500 T of quality Arabica. The beans are blue in color, large and wide with tight white centre cuts. In the cup, the quality is best described as full bodied with fine acidity and flavor akin to wild berries. These coffees could be compared with some of the finest coffees from Ethiopia and are appreciated by German and Japanese buyers, who find their flavor and acidity excellent components for canned coffee.

Shevaroy Hills is a place of scenic beauty, centered around a lake, with coffee bushes and forest trees adorning hills at an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 ft and producing just 3000 T of quality Arabica. Oranges, peaches and apples playing truant with ripe red coffee cherries is the trade mark of Shevaroy Hills. As for the coffee beans which are medium in size, are dense, distinctly green in color and have good clear acidity and a fragrance with a hint of Spice. Truly unique beans to be served as filter coffee.

Anamalais, as the name implies, is the home to numerous herds of elephants, producing special Arabica coffees, which are still unknown to coffee connoisseurs around the world. This region in India, produces approx. 2,000 T of Arabica coffee, at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,500 ft. The beans are large, greyish green in colour with a balanced cup. The beans also roast evenly and lend themselves to uniform and effective blending

From the traditional coffee areas to the non-traditional coffee areas of Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh and Kohima in Nagaland, Indian coffee is certainly preserving not only the natural forests in these areas by preventing shifting cultivation; providing employment to the tribal force (90% of whom are women and uplifting their lives) but also enabling the preparation of some fine distinct coffees from these areas. Special strains of coffee with lineage to an Ethiopian strain are being processed with upgraded processing technology and the marketing of these coffees with distinct brand identities are being explored.

Distinct Preparation Techniques To Market Estate Branded and Specialty Coffees India has entered the arena of Estate Branded preparations. Distinct plant strains and unique processing techniques have helped in the preparation and marketing of coffee as “Estate Brands.” It is an established fact that each plant strain has distinct quality characteristics. Certain estates cultivating plant materials with unique acceptable cup quality characteristics have taken to processing them with strict adherence to quality norms and are now launching them in the market as Estate Brands.

Meerthi Mountains, Banangala Organic, Horseshoe Heights, Jamboor and Buttercup Bold are some of the Estate Branded Coffees, which have been prepared from distinct plant strains and with special care during processing..

Meerthi Mountains, a delicious coffee prepared from an exotic Indian strain of Sln. 9, is from Badnekhan estate located in the Bababudan hills at an altitude of 4000 ft. These fine washed arabicas are the result of care from the seed to the cup. The processing is carried out on state-of-the-art machinery and is sun dried. The beans exhibit sweet acidic notes and distinct flavour of fruit nuances in a caramel dip.

Banangala Organic is from a well-maintained estate in the region of Coorg and belongs to the progressive company of The Bombay Burmah Trading Company. The coffee is organically grown and is prepared from a distinct plant strain of BBTC Selection, comprising greenish grey, bold dense arabica beans with balanced body and acidity and an aftertaste of fruit notes laced with smooth acidity. This coffee could certainly be served “black” and is the first Indian organic coffee to be offered to the overseas market.

Horseshoe Heights, an excellent Estate Branded Special Coffee of M/s Bettadakhan Estate, prepared from Sln.795 coffee beans, is from a high altitude estate (4250 ft.) nestled in the lush emerald valley in the Inner ‘Giri’ Mountains. The purity of the plant material has been ensured with the planting of uniform and homogenous plant material of the Sln.795 in distinct blocks on the estate. The coffee is prepared by the washed method, without any chemicals or machine attrition, utilizing only an aagard pulper to remove the fruit skins, with the rest of the operations such as the breakdown and removal of mucilage carried out by natural fermentation and manual washing and finally being sun dried. Labor intensive indeed, but the intrinsic flavour notes have been preserved and highlighted by the natural methodology of selective hand picking, processing with biological degradation and drying with the help of cost effective natural sunshine!

Jamboor, is a special coffee from Jamboor estate, at an altitude of 3500ft. in Coorg and owned by the well known Corporate company of the Tatas. The washed Arabica of this estate, is harvested by selective picking and is carefully processed both on the estate and at their modern curing factory, where the coffee is not only meticulously graded and stringently sorted, but also cupped to ensure the quality of the produce. This premium coffee finds favor with roasters, who follow a fast technique of roasting and the balanced body and acidity enables fine blending.

Buttercup Bold, is an exotic name for an exotic robusta coffee from a small farmer in Coorg. This estate houses distinct plant material of Sln.CxR, producing bold, dense beans, which when washed, possess a grey hue with clean, soft “buttery” after notes in the cup. This coffee could, with ease and perfection, provide the froth and bubbles for the much sought after espresso.

India also prepares speciality coffees for coffee connoisseurs around the globe. We have the proud privilege of having launched the Specialty Coffees of Monsooned Malabar and Monsooned Robustas as early as 1972, even before the world was awake to the concept of Specialty in coffee. These delicious beans, which are of golden hue, are large in size and possess mellowness with a hint of spice, making them unique in the cup. You could use these beans in a variety of ways….a neat coffee as an after dinner drink, as a highlighter in an espresso blend or as a smooth body builder in your regular filter coffee.

Added, washed arabica and robusta beans from selected coffee regions of growth and subjected to special preparation techniques have resulted in the speciality coffees of Mysore Nuggets EB and Robusta Kaapi Royale launched by the Indian Coffee Board in the 1990s. The popularity of these coffees is growing with the overseas trade. The recently introduced premium grades of Plantation AA and Robusta Cherry AA, comprising bold beans, which have been enriched with stringent quality standards are finding ready acceptance in the market.

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