South India is a gem. With its beautiful nature, wonderful people and rich culture it makes the perfect destination for anyone. On a recent trip to Chikmagalur and Coorg in Karnataka I got a chance to fall in love all over again. This time with coffee. Karnataka is one of the biggest coffee producing states in India. Apart from coffee you will also find pepper trees, rubber, teak, cardamom etc. here. In Chikmagalur and Coorg the atmosphere is very pleasant due to its high altitude. The coffee is grown 1300 m. above sea level. Chikmagalur and Coorg have become quite popular destinations in India, but it is my sincere wish that this pearl soon will be noticed among others too.
Walking across the field I met this man. Eager to be in the frame he just jumped into the deep mud and stole the show from the hardworking woman. Afterwards they made me help them to set the rice. Have you ever been to a mud-spa? I havn’t. But I believe the feeling must be something similar to what I experienced. The mud had a silky feel to it and stepping inside the water you feel pleasantly cool. Wonderful. Except for one thing. It took me 3 hours to get rid of the mud which was stuck under my toenails.
Reaching Chikmagalur I just couldn’t wait to see how coffee is made. This is a coffee nursery, which is also called a kindergarden. After the seeds have been planted in the soil they are taken care of in this nursery. After 4-5 months they are old enough to be taken to the estates.
Along the highway you can stop at one of the joints and enjoy a cup of nice strong filter coffee. South Indians are experts on filter coffee and nothing else should be tried here. Espresso and double macchiato have not yet reached the hill station.
I met so many wonderful people on my journey. One of them is this lady. She is a coffee worker and her welcoming attitude I will never forget.