Region/Town: Manjarabad, Western Ghats, Chikmagular District
Altitude: 915-1220 masl
Arabica Varietal: Selection 9
Soils: Deep friable, porous, rich in organic matter, slightly acidic
Farm: Kelagur Heights Estate
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In the cup: A clean rich cup carries notes of red apple, cascara, and orange throughout. A soft perfume tea rose lingers paired with a toffee finish.
Kelagur Heights Coffee and Tea Estates is owned by the Mathias Family for the past four generations. It is located in the first range of the Western Ghats in the Chikmagular District of Karnataka State.
Spread over 120 hectares, Kelagur Heights Estate harvest up to 150 tonnes annually of some of the finest Arabica and Robusta coffee beans each season.
With Arabica, the main varietals are S 795 and Selection 9 and with Robusta, it is a mix of old robusta and S 274 which grows at lower elevations. Coffee grows under a mixed canopy of shade with the upper canopy comprising trees such as ficus; albizzia; cedrela toona and javanica.
The Estate has fully integrated facilities for coffee processing, with on site pulp houses and curing works. Fourteen perennial springs on the Estate ensure that the washed Arabica and Robusta grades are both of the highest standard.
With all their coffees, the emphasis for Kelagur Heights Estate has always been on sustainability under the expert guidance of the Central Coffee Research Institute of India and this particular variety is a hybrid developed in conjunction with them.
Developed ostensibly to be disease resistant and sustainable, this variety is from a specific gene bank developed by the Central Coffee Research Institute in India.
Kelagur Coffee has won the Flavour of India Fine Cup Award for Arabica in 2008 as well as for their Robusta grades in 2005 which bears testimony to their continued emphasis on quality.
(Info courtesy of Bennetts)