We employed nature.
That's right! Nature works for us.
There is a secret we’d like to share with you about our coffee growing, the innovative methods we use and practices we follow. All of this happens at our farm, what we like to refer to as ‘the-coffee-lab’, where humans, plants, birds & animals and insect species all live together in prefect harmony. How is that even connected you may ask!
First, lets start with some basics. Although a coffee plant can grow upto 30 feet tall, it is still considered to be a shrub. Often, the shrub grows into multiple stems by branching at it’s base. The plant is an evergreen, that’s how nature made it. Also, the fact is that coffee is a shade-loving plant and thrives in areas of high altitude. And what's our secret? Nothing really, we just follow the rules of nature. We use nature as a catalyst and all things natural to grow our crop. All our coffees are shade-grown! This leads to the ecology participating in the growing process and also adds to the bio-diversity value.
Some of the ecological impacts, often ignored are the most essential in successfully growing coffees and we value our ecosystem. For example, because we grow all our coffees in shade and along with a lot of jungle trees, the natural canopy attracts many resident and migratory birds to our farm. They feed on pests and insect, thus reducing the dependencies on chemical pest and insect control methods, ultimately leading to naturally grown coffees. Our farm is mammal friendly. Home to many bats, rabbits and our best-friend, the flying squirrel, our farm and the canopy adds to their thriving survival. These mammals do their bit to better our coffee yield by feeding on insects and other pests, again, reducing our dependency on following artificial methods to cut down pest threats. Bees on our farm are another species that are most important & are natural pollinators. Apart from the bees that naturally exist we also do bee keeping, just to increase the bee population. And hence, all our coffee flowers are naturally pollinated. The presence of the canopy also reduces soil erosion and helps in stabilizing mountain steeps. Reduced soil erosion increases growth of jungle trees which in turn increases essential soil nutrients like carbon and nitrogen which are very much needed for our coffee growing. Shade-growing also has another big advantage- the soil retains much higher levels of water. This reduces the requirement of using more water during the coffee growing season.
Our biggest validation of how good our coffees are comes form the mammal we named our brand after. As a return gift, we let these guys ( the flying squirrels ) nibble on our coffee cherries after they grow. And we must tell you, they have pretty happy faces when they do that!
Do you know what happens when we let nature work for us so beautifully? There is very minimal human intervention and that gives us all the time in the world to be innovative and focus our energies in important, actual things that matter- to try different growing methods, roasting methods and blending. And that’s the truth, we are constantly trying out, experimenting, discovering & processing amazing coffee just so that you have the highest quality, best coffee delivered to your home as fresh as it can get!
That, right there is a full-circle of how ecology works for us.
Did you know? : Coffee flowers are small, white and fragrant, helping to attract pollinating insects. When the flowers fall off the plant, berries begin to develop in their place, ripening from a dark green to a bright crimson. Two small green coffee beans, surrounded by skin and pulp, are found inside of the berry. It takes 6 - 8 years of growth for a plant to be in full fruit production. Coffee plants can live to be 100 years old.