Coffee Quality and Sustainability go hand in hand
We directly source specialty coffee from our family farm that follows a 360-degree approach to a sustainable ecosystem. Quality is directly correlated with several factors including the farm, the community, the soil, tree cover, elevation, water, and wildlife.
We consider farms that exist in harmony with the environment. By this we mean farms that are compliant with Rainforest Alliance or with Organic Certification. These farms work with nature to produce products that are not contaminated with harmful pesticides nor harm the environment.
Regarding our coffee community, it is important to have a team that understands quality, conservation and has access to a wholesome diet, housing, education, and healthcare. These things cannot be taken for granted and promote the passion to cultivate the best products.
Soil, tree cover and elevation are critical variables for the coffee plants not just in India but around the globe. Balekola is nestled approximate 4,000 + feet above sea level in Chikmagalur. It’s covered with reddish colored earth full of mineral deposits from the surrounding rainforest. Free of harmful pesticides, the soil and the plants thrive with the protection of the surrounding jungle. The thick canopy of trees protects the plants from the harsh summer sun. It provides a “slow cook” or ripening of the coffee beans. The Jayaprasad’s refer to their surrounding farm as the oxygen factory.
Around the world, access to clean potable water is becoming scarce. This is true in cities as well as in the equatorial belt countryside where coffee is grown. In Chikmagalur, Balekola and Balupet have major rainwater harvesting sites to collect the precious monsoon rains. This water is the lifeline for the community, the plants, and the wildlife.
The abundance of wildlife is a direct correlation with a thriving sustainable ecosystem. Everything from the bees that pollinate the coffee plants to the local animals that roam support the health of the environment. Within our farms, wildlife thrives. You can find everything from bees, cobras, elephants, tigers, monkeys, civet cats, wild boar, and choirs of birds like the whistling thrush. The animals are thriving due to a healthy ecosystem. The animals in turn ensure the sustainability of the farm and surrounding flora.