Mooleh Manay Estate
Our connection with the Mooleh Manay Estate goes further back than what might meet the eye on Instagram, and our coffee collaborations. One of the defining cups of coffee that we had was a lovely honey-processed Catuai from our now beloved Venkids Valley Estate at Birmingham's Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters. That was the first time we stumbled upon Indian speciality coffee at an international roastery that we loved! When we started our journey, we really wanted to have that coffee as part of our catalogue, and as we dug deeper we found that South India Coffee Company were the one responsible for getting Pavan's coffees there, and it was in fact through their Instagram account that we finally managed to track Pavan, and the rest they say, is history! Komal and Akshay Dashrath, now manage this 75-acre estate nestled in the Nakoor Village in Coorg, Karnataka, which they took over from the 4th generation planter Ms G.G. Padamasee. Here Komal and Akshay use impeccable farming practices with state-of-the-art processing techniques to produce some delicious coffees that they send to some of the best roasters around the world. They are committed to producing coffees in the most sustainable way possible. They use natural and honey processes for their coffees to avoid the use of excess water and have recently installed a solar irrigation system to further reduce energy consumption. Apart from producing delicious coffees, they also own the "South India Coffee Company" through which they export coffees from select Indian estates to roasters around the world. They also have one of the most interactive Instagram page @southindiacoffeeco and if you want to learn more about them or about speciality coffee in general, you've got to give them a follow now!! And wow, the sustainable initiatives at Komal and Akshay Dashrath's estate are impressive. The installation of 48 solar panels generating 18 KWAH of energy is a significant step towards sustainability. Connecting it to various parts of the estate is a smart move to minimize fossil fuel consumption.
The soil analysis and addressing nutrient deficiencies show their commitment to quality. The bee project for pollination and regenerative agriculture testing are forward-thinking approaches. I'm particularly intrigued by the economic viability program, emphasizing multi-crop strategies and preserving shade trees. It's essential to support small farmholders through the Srirangalli Community project and provide educational opportunities for the estate's children.
All these initiatives not only make for a fascinating story but also align with your brand's values of being respectful and highlighting the efforts of partner farms.