It is said, an Indian farmer puts his love and life into the coffee crop. But what makes Indian coffee so unique? Reasons are various. India has produced and exported a noticeable variety of high-quality coffee for over 150 years. Coffee from India made itself a good reputation in Europe for less sweet and acidic taste. Moreover, it is known as the finest coffee that grows in the shade rather than direct sunlight anywhere in the world. Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the biggest states-producers of Indian coffee.
Coffee cultivation is generally confined to the hilly tracts of Western and Eastern Ghats. Indian monsoonal coffee is grown mainly in southern India under monsoon rainfall conditions. Robusta and Arabica cultivation is mostly enclosed to Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and others on a limited scale. The more ripe coffee-berries are, the better quality they possess. Arabica and robusta berries are mostly harvested from November until March.
Indian coffee plantations are friendly with a wide variety of fruits and spices like orange, banana, pepper, vanilla, and cardamom, which grow on a par with coffee crops.