Located to the south of Mysore, Karnataka, the Biligiri Ranjan Hills, or “white hills”, are named after the mist that hangs over this region. High up in the hills lies an isolated spot, where Attikan Estate is found. The Biligiri hills altitude, which reaches up to 1650 metres above sea level, makes this estate one of the highest coffee growing areas in India and an ideal environment to grow Arabica. Selection 9, selection 795, cauvery and kents are grown in the neatly organized fields that make up this estate. Large silver oaks, figs and citrus trees make this estate shade friendly and home to wildlife such as a variety of bird species, elephants and bison to name a few animals. The estate, which is one of four owned and managed by Sangameshwar Coffee Estates, has also been declared a tiger reserve.
During harvest season, three rounds of handpicking the ripe fruits take place. This fruit is then pulped, fermented, washed and sun dried either on elevated trays or on the ground, before being cured at the Sangameshwar’s own curing works. The coffee from this region is known for its sweet, bold flavor with spicy overtones such as cinnamon and clove.
As with all its other estates, Sangameshwar ensures that all its employees are provided free medical services and accommodation along with other facilities such as a crèche for young children and subsidized milk.
Coffee from Attikan has won numerous awards, the most recent being the ‘Best Arabica’ in the ‘Flavour of India Fine Cup Award 2010-2011' held in Maastricht, Netherlands. Attikan coffee is sold in cafes and coffee shops in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Italy, Japan and Korea and we are proud to offer domestic consumers the opportunity to buy this fantastic coffee.
Learn more about Attikan through a Q & A with Hamsini Appudurai, the Chief Marketing Officer of Attikan Estates' parent company, Sangameshwar Coffee.