Wayanad Social Service Society (WSSS)
900 - 1650 masl
Wayanad, Kerala, India
Full natural and dried in the sun and mechanical driers
December – March
If you think robusta from India sounds uncommon, wait until you hear about the Western Ghats mountain range where this coffee was cultivated. It is 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. The Neelakurinji flower is so uncommon that it only blooms every twelve years. They say the first coffee cultivated in India came from seven raw beans brought from Mocha by a Sufi saint on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th century. But this lot did not magically arrive at Royal. Rather, it comes from a group of 8,000 small producers who have organized themselves into a cooperative called Wayanad Social Service Society (WSSS). They focus on best organic practices to maximize the abundance of raw organic material for fertilizer and focus on preserving their ecosystem. Producers harvest the cherry and dry it on patios. WSSS has a subdivision called Biowin, which focuses on providing technical support to producers and preparing coffee for export. In addition to coffee cultivation, Biowin helps producers cultivate a diverse range of spices including ginger, turmeric and pepper.