This special Geisha coffee is from the Kelagur Heights coffee estate located in India’s “Western Ghats”, a mountain range that is listed by UNESCO as one of the eight “hottest hotspots” of bio-diversity in the world. Managed by fourth generation family owners, the estate places a strong emphasis on sustainable farming.
This lot is comprised of a natural hybrid of Robusta and Arabica from Timor, crossed with a Geisha from Panama, making for a rich and complex cup. Coffee on the estate grows on the Shola Hills under a mixed canopy of shade from trees such as silver oak, ficus and jackfruit. ‘Visitors to the Plantation’ include animals such as deer, rabbit, wild boar and jungle fox.
Four Generations of the Mathias family have been directly involved in the cultivation and processing of coffee and tea. Kelagur Estate was acquired by S L Mathias (1868-1940), himself the son of a coffee planter, in 1927. His son E J Mathias (1913-1992) carried on the family tradition for five decades and developed the estate further, planting coffee, clonal tea and progressively improving the social welfare of the workers.
All natural by-products are composted and returned to the soil. In addition the pruning of tea, coffee and shade trees are buried in trenches in the field to decompose and increase the fertility and organic content of the soil.
Social Welfare is high on the priority list and through education and training, employees are keenly aware of the importance of respecting the environment.