Kelagur Heights Coffee and Tea Estates has been owned by the Mathias Family for the past four generations. Located in the first range of the Western Ghats in the Chikmagular District of Karnataka State, India, it is spread over 120 hectares. Kelagur Heights Estate harvest up to 150 tonnes of cherry annually with the main arabica varietals being S-795 and SLN9.
Coffee grows under a mixed canopy of shade with the upper canopy comprising trees such as ficus; albizzia; cedrela toona and javanica. The Estate has fully integrated facilities for coffee processing, with on-site pulp houses and curing works. Fourteen perennial springs on the Estate ensure that the washed beans are of the highest standard. With all their coffees, the emphasis for Kelagur Heights Estate has always been on sustainability under the expert guidance of the Central Coffee Research Institute of India. Some of the varieties found on the estate have been developed in conjunction with the institute, specifically the HDT x Geisha varietal has been developed ostensibly to be disease resistant and sustainable.
The green bean selected for this microlot was matured in Indian Armuth whisky barrels.
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.