Baba Budangiri Mountains, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India
Fully washed and dried in the sun
November – January
Here is a coffee with traceability that goes way way back in time. Coming from the Mylemoney Estate, located near the Baba Budangiri hills in the Western Ghats mountain range within the state of Karnataka, this may be the oldest commercial coffee estate in India, which was established in the early 19th century. And the legend of the Sufi saint who first cultivated coffee in India with seven raw beans from Mocha that he brought from his pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th century to this very spot in India should lend credibility to the claim. If lineage and legend doesn’t get your attention, how about a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse places in the world with more than 5,000 species of flowering plants and 508 different species of birds. Nothing here is common, not even the Neelakurinji flower, which only blooms every twelve years. During the harvest, cherries are meticulously selected based on ripeness and processed using a state-of-the-art wet mill, which ensures best practices in water management for depulping and washing coffee. Mylemoney is one of 19 estates owned and managed by the Tata group, which has dedicated significant resources towards ensuring wildlife and fauna has a protected home on each of the estates.