Chikmagalur isn’t called ‘Coffee Country’ for nothing! Better known as the birth place of Indian coffee, Chikmagalur is nestled in the Malnad region of Karnataka. Let’s take a look at a few reasons that have helped this beautiful place earn its name.
First Coffee Beans
According to legend, the first seeds of coffee in India were planted at Chikmagalur by Baba Budangiri on his return from his pilgrimage to Mecca. He first came across coffee as a dark liquid being served to other guests like him at Mocha, a port city of Yemen that overlooks the Red Sea. The story goes on to say that Baba Budan strapped seven coffee beans to his chest to avoid having them confiscated on his way back to his homeland. In order to thank Baba Budan for his efforts, the kind people of Chikmagalur named an entire mountain range in his honour.
Blessed with a plentiful forest and heavy rainfall, Chikmagalur has coffee plantations all around. Some of the best blends of Indian coffee are homegrown here and its taste will satisfy any mochaholic. The Kathlekhan Estate situated in the Baba Budan mountain range is known for growing ‘Dark Forest’, a rich blend of single origin coffee producing both Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. Single origin coffees have a uniformity of flavor and richness, one of the parameters of quality. Situated at an altitude of 3000- 3500 feet it is on the periphery of one of the remotest forests.
Coffee Research Station
The Central Coffee Research Institute is located 3 km off the Balenhonnur – Sringeri route in Chikmagalur. It was the first of its kind in Asia. At the time of its inception, India was among the few nations in the world to have initiated research efforts in coffee. Their aim was to provide advanced guidance for coffee growers across the globe.
Apart from being a massively in-demand cash crop, coffee has also inspired many more wonders at Chikmagalur. Check them out the next time you visit Coffee Country.