India Honnametti Estate Washed (2022)

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Lot Number P8001840-4
Warehouse Liverpool, UK
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    About This Coffee

    Honametti Estate is a large estate situated in the Biligiri Rangana Hills and produces coffee alongside pepper and oranges. Men and women are paid equal wages and the estate provides free housing, sanitation, potable water and medical care for its employees. It also runs a scholarship program for the employee’s children.

    Being located in an area of ecological significance, the estate places a lot of importance on protecting local biodiversity and environment. The estate is strategically located next to a Tiger Reserve Forest. The utmost care is taken to maintain both the flora and fauna of the region, with coffee grown under the shade of numerous varieties of trees like Ficus, Albizzia and Jackfruit making it a haven for a variety of birds, insects and animals.

    Origin India

    The Region

    Honametti estate is located in Biligiri Rangana hills (White cliff of Lord Ranganatha), popularly known as the BR Hills. It is one of the highest mountains in Southern India. This region is known for the temple of Lord Ranganatha located on top of a sheer white cliff on the north western edge of Biligiri Rangana range. It is also known for the semi nomadic aboriginal tribal community known as Sholigas who inhabit the vast stretches of the forest. More recently the area has become well known for its biodiversity.

    Wild animals often frequent the estate including Leopards, Sloth Bears, Elephants, Sambar Deers, Bison, Barking Deers and Wild Boar (to name just a few!)

    History of Coffee in India 

    If coffee was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Yemen, then it left home to make its own way in the world through India in the 17th Century, when Baba Budan, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven beans and planted them in hills of the Chikkamagaluru district, a hill region now known as Baba Budan Giri. Green coffee cultivation grew slowly in India and the first formal plantations were established by the British in 1840 in the same region where the first coffee was planted. 

    Over the years, repeated battles with leaf rust and an emphasis on yield caused India to increase planting Robusta and prioritize shade growing conditions. Today, India grows more than twice as much Robusta as Arabica and nearly all coffee is grown under shade, much of it in forest conditions. Over 21% of India’s coffee is exported to Italy, where Robusta has long been a part of traditional espresso blends. In recent years, Olam has been finding coffee for the specialty market. India is poised to attract increasing attention from specialty markets, and not only because quality is quickly improving. Coffee plantations in India are home to abundant wildlife, including tigers and elephants, because of the forest-like conditions. Compared to shade grown coffee in other parts of the world, coffee in India is grown in dense shade conditions, and almost intercropped with peppercorn, cardamom, areca nut, oranges, bananas, and other crops.

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    • CTRM Contract Number P8001840-4
    • Origin India
    • Warehouse Covoya Nano