Coffee in India is grown under a canopy of thick natural shade in ecologically sensitive regions of the Western and Eastern Ghats. This picture is clicked at an estate in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, the town where coffee was first grown in India.
It is one of the 25 bio-diversity hotspots of the world.
Coffee contributes significantly to sustain the unique bio-diversity of the region and is also responsible for the socio-economic development in the remote, hilly areas.
What is so special about the coffee plantations in India is, the plants are given shade cover by tall shade-lending trees. They help maintain the right temperature and amount of sunlight for the crop, all year round.
In fact, Indian shade-grown coffees are known to be among the best coffees in the world !