Balmaadi Coffee Estate, A Photo Essay

Coffee Plant, Balmaadi Coffee Estate.
This December I was a guest ar the Balmaadi Coffee Estate in the Nilgiris. Balmaadi is led by entrepreneur Unnamalai Thiagarajan. Growing coffee at an altitude of 6000 feet in the wild Nilgiris is challenging. Unna sticks to principles of sustainable biodynamism to produce organic coffee beans that have been recognized in India and globally for their unique flavor. Like their coffee, my short stay there was both a journey through Unna’s vision and an experience into the coffee grower’s life in the wild.

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Visitor on a Rainy Day

A Koel (Asian Koel) perches outside my verandah.
I inadvertently caught a Koel perched on the barbed wire fence.

Original photograph by Doug Janson.
Asian Koel – Original photograph by Doug Janson.