Last year I was lucky enough to get a one-year business visa to India at the invitation of my Punjabi friend from UNESCO, with whom we had stayed next door in a hotel in Albania two years ago during my business trip to the Adriatic. At that time, we wished each other a good morning over a fragrant cup coffee while admiring the magical view of the Balkan mountains out of dining room balcony. He said to me: “Petro, why don’t you visit India, activating cooperation there, because this has been your dream for many years since childhood, since you started studying oriental languages.” At the end of my 6-month stay in Kenya, I accepted his offer and visited India.

Despite the fact that I am a person of tea culture by my inner nature after 7 years in China, every morning I met there under the magical aromas of coffee on the way to almost all the directions that I planned for myself for each day. Why coffee? It’s really better to talk about it over coffee.

A rich dark liquid has captured the imagination of an entire generation, smoothing the wheels of economies around the world. Not only is it one of the most traded commodities, but there are fears that demand may exceed supply. But, for now, enough for everyone to enjoy. And NO, we are not talking about oil, but COFFEE.

In India, you would often feel that there are more tea lovers here. This is also true in many ways. The number of tea drinkers here is high, but there is no dearth of coffee lovers here. Here coffee is given as much preference as the sister of tea. Drinking coffee in India is also considered a sign of highness.

The humble cup of coffee just makes it something more sophisticated and tempting than the neighbors stall. Inspired by sitcoms, coffee has evolved to be a hearty drink. The best part is that the fei is locally produced, so you can get some of the best coffee beans here and enjoy them without spending too much.

Coffee production in India is mainly in the hilly regions of the South Indian states. A total of 8200 tons of coffee is produced here, out of which the maximum production is 53 percent in the state of Karnataka, 28 percent in Kerala and 11 percent in Tamil Nadu. Indian coffee is considered to be the best quality coffee in the world because it is grown in the shade, instead of the direct sunlight that coffee is grown in other places around the world.

There are many coffee houses in India just like tea stalls to enjoy coffee. Where you can comfortably enjoy drinking coffee with your friends and family.  The coffee house chain in India dates back to the early 1940s during the British rule. In the mid-1950s, the board closed the coffee house due to a policy change. However, the workers who were discharged were re-inducted into the Indian Coffee House under the leadership of AK Gopalan. The first Indian Coffee Workers Co-operative Society was established on 19 August 1957 in Bangalore. The first Indian Coffee House was established on 27 October 1957 in New Delhi.

Along with a cup of coffee (including a variety), you can also enjoy delicious food along with coffee at all these outlets. Which will make both your heart and stomach happy. There are many coffee houses in India where you can enjoy drinking coffee and also spend some time with your friends and family.

Recently, organic farming of coffee is being done by tribals in Anchunadu valley at Marayur in Idukki district (Kerala).  

-It is mainly cultivated in Keezanthoor, Kanthallur, Kulachivayal and Vettukad and is marketed as Keezanthoor coffee.

-Keezhanthur coffee is of Arabica variety, which is famous for its taste and aroma. 

Coffee plantations in India have traditionally been spread over the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where the two major varieties of coffee, Arabica and Robusta, are cultivated. Karnataka produces about 70% of India’s total coffee production. The temperature between 15 to 25ºC is suitable for Arabica. Whereas, Robusta prefers warm and humid climate with temperature ranging from 20 to 30ºC. Arabica is grown at higher altitudes than Robusta. Arabica is harvested from November to January, while Robusta is harvested from December to February. It is known that the headquarters of the Coffee Board of India is located in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka.  

Organic farming

-It is a system that relies on ecosystem management rather than external agricultural inputs.

-In this farming system, the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, veterinary drugs, genetically modified seeds and breeds, etc. is eliminated and pest control and organic fertilizers based on the ecosystem are used.  

-The system reduces soil erosion, leaching of nitrates into groundwater and surface water, and recycles crop and animal waste back into the field. 

Marayur Sandalwood Reserve: This is the only place in Kerala which has natural sandalwood reserves. There are 56,700 sandalwood trees in this reserve which is spread over an area of ​​1,460 hectares. From here, high-quality sandalwood is obtained, which has a high oil content.

Marayur Jaggery: It is iron rich dark brown jaggery known for its fine quality and high sweetness. This jaggery was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag in the year 2019. It is manufactured by the Muthuwa tribe. 

Marayur Dolmens: These dolmens (megalithic grave sites) are widespread in the Murugan hills in Marayur, Kanthallur grama panchayat and forests of Anchunadu valley. These dolmens are 5,000 years old. Presently this prehistoric site is facing encroachment.

I invite all connoisseurs and true appreciators of coffee and tea or oriental spices culture such as entrepreneurs, companies and food product concerns to cooperate in the field of international trade. Let`s continue with common efforts the cultivation of good traditions of converting recognized oriental and african coffee and tea cultures into a western lifestyle and health preservation. In response to this gift of the fruitful Mother Earth we can also nicely introduce the bests sorts of rarely healthy red and white wine, produced in your region to consumers from China, India and Africa.

Looking forward to your questions and proposals on the markets.

With faith in your success!

Petro Rybalchenko



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