India, as we all know, is most famous for its ‘cutting chai’ around the globe. Tea plantations, naturally, are found in abundance across the length and breadth of the country. That said, coffee is slowly but surely becoming a staple favourite of many. Believe it or not, Indian coffee is considered to be one of the finest in the world. The South Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are the leading producers of coffee in the country. Close behind in production are the states of Orissa, Assam and Tripura.
An interesting fact about Indian coffee is that it is grown under shade and not in direct sunlight, unlike anywhere in the world. The coffee produced in this country is typically mild in flavour and non-acidic in nature. Mostly, Arabica and Robusta varieties of coffee are cultivated in Indian plantations. ‘Monsooned Malabar’ and ‘Robusta Kaapi Royale’ are the specialty coffees produced in the country. The ‘Monsooned Malabar’ is swollen from the moisture in the air during monsoon to give the beans a mellow and musty flavour with syrupy flatness in taste. The ‘Robusta Kaapi Royale’, on the other hand, is grown in Wayanad, Coorg and Chikmaglur regions of India and they are smooth and mellow in taste.
Coorg, Chikmaglur and Wayanad are accessible by road from Bangalore. Book Ixigo cheap Bangalore flights for a convenient journey. Araku in Andhra Pradesh can be reached by road via Hyderabad. Take a trip to the wonderful coffee plantations and pack a few bags of your favourite brew. So now with hotel price comparison via ixigo , one can easily plan a memorable vacation experience.
Wayanad is a hill station located in the mesmeric valleys of the Western Ghats. Mainly, Arabica and Robusta varieties of coffee are cultivated in the emerald stretch of this region with a ratio of 5 to 95% respectively. Arabica plants are more prone to pest infection in this terrain and therefore, Robusta is the main cultivation here. Its year-round pleasant climate and fertile soil conditions help in the extensive growth of coffee that is popular for its intense aroma with a hint of cocoa.
Known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmaglur was the first Indian destination that was introduced to coffee and its cultivation. It is home to the Central Coffee Research Institute, a number of wildlife sanctuaries and dense forests. This region primarily produces the Arabica variety of coffee that is light in acidity and flavour owing to its medium body. This type of coffee also has a rich and strong aroma.
Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
The Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) are nested in the lap of the Western Ghats which is most renowned for its spotted leopards. It is also known for its high-quality produce of the Kents Arabica variety of coffee as well as a variety of teas. The coffee produced in this region ripens at a slower pace due to milder climatic conditions. The Kents Arabica has a full body, strong aroma, mild flavour and sharp acidity.
Araku, Andhra Pradesh
Araku is a hill station situated in the Eastern Ghats of northern Andhra Pradesh. The development of its coffee plantations is fairly recent but highly organic. Arabica is the main produce of this region. This coffee has a medium body, sharp acidity and intense aroma with spicy notes.
Coorg is the largest coffee producing district of India, cultivating both the Arabica and the Robusta varieties of coffee. The Arabica variety of coffee is light on acidity with a mild flavour and an intense aroma. The Robusta variety of coffee, on the other hand, is smooth with a hint of chocolate.