History Of Our Region Every coffee plantation has a story-ours dates back more than a century.
Baba Budan was a 17th century sufi saint who came to Chikmagalur, India to construct a shrine. During his journey he brought with him 7 coffee beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen. Upon seeing the lush and fertile land, he planted them on the mountains known today as 'Baba Budan Giri' [mountains of Baba Budan] in the Mullayangiri range. He is said to have done this to break the Arab monopoly over coffee in the 1600s.
When the British came to India, they recognized this as a great opportunity for trade and expanded the cultivation of coffee. Upon India's independence in the 1940's, Indian planters took ownership over many of the coffee estates