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 a plantation 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 !