Sakleshpur

India

A breathtakingly beautiful hillside region in Karnataka, the district of Sakleshpur lies in the Western Ghats, high plains famous for their biological diversity. The local flora and fauna is incredibly diverse, and some animal and plant species are only found here. The region not only has natural attractions but also many centuries of history packed with legend and tradition. The rains here are extremely heavy,

and the landscape has an incredibly intense green colour, so brilliant that at times it seems almost unreal.
Favoured by a beneficial climate and relatively mild temperatures, these hillsides are covered with dense vegetation and are home to cardamom and pepper plantations as well as the acclaimed local coffee. Agriculture flourishes in Sakleshpur, and the world-famous local Arabica is the most important crop.

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N. K. Shamarao

India

monoarabica N. K. Shamarao
Name:
N. K. Shamarao
Territory:
Sakleshpur
illy since:
2003

Mr Shamarao starts his days early. The sun has only just risen as he sips his customary 7 o’clock coffee, thinking of all the tasks he has to get through that day. On arrival at the Krishnakri plantation, the first thing he sees is the circle of large trees providing shade and valuable shelter for his crops.
The fragrant coffee bean is now an important resource for this region. Amazingly, few people believed that when N. K. Shamarao’s family came here long ago in 1951 to grow coffee, they would be successful. Nobody had thought it possible to grow coffee on these brilliant green hills. But his father’s intuition triumphed over the naysayers. He chose the premium “Selection 795” variety for his new plantation – the same Arabica that grows here today. Mr Shamarao has always used natural methods, and was ahead of his time in only using organic products in his fields, a decision of which he is now very proud.

Over the past 40 years this land has yielded many harvests, and Indian coffee is appreciated all over the world. During a memorable trip to Europe, Mr Shamarao met many fans of his coffee, and the respect he now enjoys abroad fills him with pride and happiness. But it is among his plants that he has spent the best times of his life. For Mr Shamarao and his family, growing coffee is much more than a job. It is a way of life.