Our Estates

Balekola and Balupet, are nestled in the lush mountains of the Western Ghats in the district of Chikmagalur in Southern India.

Balekola Estate is located on these lush mountains and primarily grows Arabica coffee, cultivated with utmost care from bean to bag. Balupet Estate is located 60 kilometres South of Chikmagalur and apart from Specialty Arabica it is also home to high-quality Robusta coffee.

We pick the finest beans from our estates to export to the U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and South Korea. Our global network continues to expand as we meet kindred spirits – buyers who share our vision for a healthy planet, where communities of farmers and workers coexist peacefully with the forests and the wildlife that depend on it.

Sustainable farming is the present that leads to the future. It’s not just good business, it’s good sense! We live and cultivate coffee in an oxygen factory! We are blessed to live and cultivate coffee up in the heavens. Literally. At altitudes of 4,000 feet above sea level and combined with a tropical rainforest climate we produce some of the densest beans that produce the most aromatic coffees you are yet to taste. Our coffee is also shade-grown under a canopy of two-tiered trees. Our young saplings, and mature coffee plants alike, need protection from the hot Indian summer sun, and we preserve the native and non-native trees on our farm to provide shade, protection and cover to the thousands of species of birds and beasts that roam these lands. In return, the trees give us clean, mountain air - a perk enjoyed by all those who work and live on the farm! At the crack of dawn, we wake up to the chirping of thousands of birds and the soulful tune of the whistling thrush (https://vimeo.com/319486293) and we get to work to produce approximately 250 tons of Arabica and Robusta coffee every year!

Coffee cultivation under tree canopies is a unique feature and few places in the world utilize this method. Apart from the canopy cover, we have pepper vines, cardamom and other spices grown amongst the coffee bushes which enhance the flavour of the coffee to give it a hint of spices.

History of our region
How did we get started? Legend has it that a sufi pilgrim on a mission, brought with him seven coffee beans from Mocha, Yemen and first planted these on the lush hills of Mullayanagiri in the districts of Chikmagalur in Southern India. This Sufi pilgrim was Baba Budan and a part of these mountain ranges, Baba Budan Giri (The Mountains of Baba Budan), were named after him. It is said that he broke the Arab monopoly on coffee in the 1600’s. Over the next couple of hundred years, British planters cultivated vast areas of the region, setting the groundwork for the coffee farms of today. They had seen the same coffee-growing potential of these mountains that Baba Budan first saw – a rich Rainforest climate, mountains that soared to 6,500 feet above sea level and crystal clear running streams fed by seasonal monsoons. All the right conditions for producing high-quality coffee - which they did, on a large scale.

Indian independence in 1947 saw the transfer of ownership of coffee plantations from the British to Indians. Our great grandfather, like many others in the region at the time, became a first generation Indian coffee planter. The rest is history.