Bibi Plantation is located in Coorg, in the heart of India’s coffee growing region in the Suntikoppa district of Karnataka. A five-hour drive from Bangalore, the farm is located 800 meters above sea level. The climate and soil are ideally suited to grow Arabica and more than 90% of the farm's 205 acres are devoted to the crop. The estate was established in 1960, and has been managed by Faiz Moosakutty since 1990, who has transformed the estate into a model coffee farm in a region where (it seems as though) everyone grows coffee!
The farm has all the facilities associated with producing top quality washed Arabica and Robusta coffees, including its own pulping house, drying patios, and nursery. Like all quality estates, environmentally sustainable practices are an integral part of maximizing yield while preserving the farm’s delicate ecosystem for future generations. Old trees covered in pepper vines provide both, a cover for the coffee shrubs, and a home to a number of bird species such as woodpeckers and kingfishers. Jackfruit and papaya are grown on the estate as well.
Rather than using chemical weed killers, weeding is done manually and the culled plants are mixed with manure and the pulped coffee fruit to make a natural fertilizer. The harvest season workforce reaches more than 100 people, with around half choosing to live on the farm. Free electricity, housing, and medical assistance are all provided as are interest-free loans to assist with the education of the workers’ children.
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