Coffee is a vital part of our day! A cuppa of hot frothy Cappuccino, Latte or Mocha is a transforming part of a day! This is a stimulant that is widely relied on by most people around the globe to work, socialize, energize and even self-reflect! Coffee is used in all seasons. The aroma and taste makes coffee is a very sought after beverage, and is possibly a very important part of western culture.
What about us in India?
Let us check the historical aspects first.
India’s romance with coffee goes back nearly 400 years when a Moslem pilgrim, Baba Budan, is credited with secretly bringing back seven coffee seeds from a pilgrimage to the holy land. He is said to have planted these near his mountain cave in Chikmagalur, in the Mysore growing region, now considered the cradle of Indian coffee.
Commercial cultivation of coffee in India began in 1840 when the British established Arabica coffee plantations throughout the mountains of Southern India. They found the tropical climate, high altitude, sunny slopes, ample rainfall, soil rich in humus content, and well drained sub soil ideal for Arabica coffee cultivation.
Today, India is the sixth largest producer of coffee in the world, behind Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, and Mexico. India produces about 320,000 MT of coffee each year, of which 104,000 MT is Arabica and 216,000 MT is Robusta.
Most of India’s coffee is grown in three Southern states: Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the first two account for nearly 90 percent of total production. Much of the coffee in Kerala and Karnataka is grown in the Western Ghats, a mountain chain that runs parallel to the coast line and about 100 miles inland from the Arabian Sea.
India exports nearly 70 percent of the coffee it produces. These exports consist mainly of high grade beans from both the Arabica and the Robusta growing regions. Most of India’s export goes to Europe, Japan and the Middle East where the balanced nature of Indian coffee is greatly valued. Italy, importing 50,000 MT each year, is the largest importer of coffees from India, because they perform particularly well in espresso blends.
Coffee has been enjoyed by South Indians ever since the time of Baba Budan. Even today, the best coffee beans are said to come coffee estates from Baba BudanGiri, a small range of hills in Chikmagalur district.
Oz Kafe is building its own coffee product range to bring to our customers some of these important aspects of coffee taste and culture. We are trying to preserve the rich coffee traditions of India, recruiting the roasting process from Australia, and introducing the rich aromatic mix of the coffee ingredients imported from various other countries to make a ‘coffee that tastes different’. We know what we want. We hope you like our coffee served through our various outlets.
We are on the verge of launching our PREMIX Coffee product. Just add 70 ml hot water, and you have a rich and aromatic cuppa in front of you.
This is a special product, just for you!
Just keep an eye out for us.