Of Coorg and Coffee

Of Coorg and Coffee

Like someone said – “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee and that’s pretty close.”

The drive from Bengaluru to Coorg is itself breathtaking. The roads and the lush green surroundings seem to enchant you. Not to mention the small food outlets all over the way, where you can halt to taste some of the best authentic dishes from the south – especially the hundreds of varieties of Dosa. And then, what a beauty you reach at the end of your journey. No wonder, Coorg is gaining so much tourist attention.

From the birth place of the river Cauvery – Talakaveri to Dubare elephant camp where wild elephants are trained, Coorg has a lot to offer. There are waterfalls like the Abey Falls, Iruppu falls and then there is the confluence of the two rivers – Kaveri and Kanika – Bhagamandala.

Located in Karnataka, Coorg is home to the most wonderful spices, which will definitely garner your attention. And then there is coffee. Coffee is what gets the highest revenue to Coorg. The coffee plantations are spread across the valleys and hills which provide an ideal environment for their growth.

I won’t be discussing here about the details of the places in Coorg that you can visit. If you have made Coorg your travel destination, then I am sure it’s because you know the beauty and peace of mind that this place can offer. But I cannot stop myself from lamenting about the coffee that is present in this region. If you are a coffee lover, chances are that your reason to visit Coorg is multiplied.

If you are in Coorg, you must visit a coffee plantation; period. Of course, there are coffee plantations almost everywhere you go in Coorg, but what I am saying is that you need to enter one and take a tour. Companies like Nescafe have acres of coffee plantations in Coorg and also offer guided tours to visitors. But you can choose to visit the local coffee plantations too. I did that and it did turn out to be a good experience.

It was the month of January when I had visited Coorg. Most of the coffee beans were ripe. I did try a few of them, and I was amazed to find out that raw coffee beans are actually sweet. Well, what next? This wonderful lady whose coffee plantation we had visited gave us a personalized tour through the plantation. There were other trees and spices too.

After the tour we sat down for a cup of coffee in the plantation’s private brewery. Needless to say, the coffee was from the same plantation. And let me tell you this, freshly brewed coffee is one thing, but coffee made out of fresh roasted coffee beans is another. The taste just continues to stay in your mouth. I tried the black coffee and the aroma was just magnificent. I had never liked black coffee before, but I thought that this would be the perfect place to trigger my taste for the same. The coffee makers also explained us the effort it takes in getting a good coffee harvest. It takes around seven years for a coffee plant to mature completely and that is when it starts giving the best produce.

If you happen to visit Coorg, then get home some of the coffee that you get from these local vendors. But of course, it does not have to end there. Try out the different spices that Coorg has to offer. I did make it a point to bring coffee, not only for my coffee maker, but for my loved ones too.