India Balanoor Kent Selection

Clean, mixed dried fruits
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2017/18
Status Spot
Lot Number P8000157-1
  • 8 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Balanoor is a 150ha farm owned and operated by Ashok Kuriyan in India's Western Ghats mountains. This washed AB lot is a single varietal (Kent) selection.

Origin India
Harvest Season 2017/18
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Balanoor Estate
Processing Washed
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Kent
Coffee Grade IND CA WA PLA B
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG

Sustainability and Ecology

Balanoor not only looks after the social aspect of life, but also focuses on the environmental. They have a policy that for every acre we should have at least 2 jungle trees planted. These will not be uprooted and sold. Instead will add to the estates micro organism activities. The leaves that fall from the trees are used as mulch in the fields. There are soil and water collecting pits dug through the estate and along the estate roads. This helps in soil and water conservation during the heavy monsoon periods. There are check dams and tanks spread throughout the property which are used for irrigation and also helps dramatically in increasing the water table level.

History of Coffee in India 

If coffee was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Yemen, then it left home to make its own way in the world through India in the 17th Century, when Baba Budan, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven beans and planted them in hills of the Chikkamagaluru district, a hill region now known as Baba Budan Giri. Green coffee cultivation grew slowly in India and the first formal plantations were established by the British in 1840 in the same region where the first coffee was planted. 

Over the years, repeated battles with leaf rust and an emphasis on yield caused India to increase planting Robusta and prioritize shade growing conditions. Today, India grows more than twice as much Robusta as Arabica and nearly all coffee is grown under shade, much of it in forest conditions. Over 21% of India’s coffee is exported to Italy, where Robusta has long been a part of traditional espresso blends. In recent years, Olam has been finding coffee for the specialty market. India is poised to attract increasing attention from specialty markets, and not only because quality is quickly improving. Coffee plantations in India are home to abundant wildlife, including tigers and elephants, because of the forest-like conditions. Compared to shade grown coffee in other parts of the world, coffee in India is grown in dense shade conditions, and almost always intercropped with peppercorn, cardamom, areca nut, oranges, bananas, and other crops.

  • Status Spot
  • Farm Name Balanoor Estate
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Kent
  • Coffee Grade IND CA WA PLA B
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Origin India
  • Warehouse Schwarze & Consort.
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P8000157-1
  • Price Per Kg €5.50