India Melkodige Estate Washed

Light lemon, milk chocolate, nutty
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8002053-1
  • 57 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Aveen and Yogitha Rodrigues operate Melkodige estate, a 120ha farm near Balehonnur. close to the ‘Kudremukh’ Western Ghat Range. This washed selection is shade dried on raised beds then sun dried on brick patios.

Origin India
Subregion Near Balehonnur. Close to ‘Kudremukh’ Western Ghat Range
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Melkodige Estate
Processing Washed
Plant Species Arabica
Coffee Grade IND CA WA PLA AB
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Kudremukh is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru District in Karnataka. Kudremukh is one of the 22 biodiversity Hotspots in the world (UNESCO) and a National Park in India.

The Melkodige Estate is western facing, hot during the day with plummeting night temperatures due to moisture laden clouds from the sea.

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 always intercropped with peppercorn, cardamom, areca nut, oranges, bananas, and other crops.

  • Subregion Near Balehonnur. Close to ‘Kudremukh’ Western Ghat Range
  • Farm Name Melkodige Estate
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £5.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade IND CA WA PLA AB
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002053-1
  • Origin India
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk