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Getaway in Coorg – All about Coffee

duration:

3 Days, 2 Nights

where:

Madikeri, Karnataka

group size:

2

Rs. 18,750 (USD 310) per person

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A civet is a small nocturnal mammal that has a taste for coffee beans. The world’s most expensive coffee is made from the undigested beans in civet dung, which are picked and cleaned! Civet coffee, or Kopi Luwak as known in Indonesia, is sold for as much as USD $600 per kilogram. While the majority of civet coffee is produced in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, it is not well known that it is also produced in India, going by the name of Kari Bek. Coorg, or Kodava, is home to civet cats and produces Kari Bek. 

Coorg is known for producing pepper, coffee and cardamom, but most known for its Robusta and Arabica coffee. Coorg’s topography is well suited for coffee plantations which require high altitude and steep slopes – with the first coffee estate established in 1854 by Englishman John Fowler, Coorg has become the second highest coffee producing region in India, accounting for 30% of all Indian coffee.

On this 3 day Coorg coffee getaway we take you to an organic coffee plantation, where you may taste the most expensive coffee in the world as well as other local varieties. Learn about organic farming practices and enjoy traditional Kodava cuisine. We also have plenty of time set aside for local sightseeing and cultural immersion.

 

When can I go?

All around the year

Pickup and Drop off: Madikeri

Experience Highlights

  • Taste the world's most expensive coffee - civet coffee - and other local varieties
  • Learn about the organic produce of the region through visits to horticultural centres
  • Jeep offroading in mountainous terrain of Coorg
  • Sip home made wine and enjoy a traditional dinner over a bonfire!
  • Visit the Dubare Elephant Camp and a Tibetan Monastery

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

After pickup from the Madikeri KSRTC bus stand At 9 AM, we arrive at our homestay set amidst the coffee plantations. After a sumptuous Kodava lunch we head to the organic coffee plantation for a guided tour which will last 2 hours.

We will then learn about civet coffee production and have a guided coffee sipping session, tasting various varieties of coffee from the farm including civet coffee.

We will conclude the day with dinner by the bon fire!

Day 2

After a breakfast at the homestay, we will head out to visit the Central Horticultural Experiment Station, followed by the Appangala Cardamom Research center. This half day excursion will introduce you to various organic produce from the region. We will then head back to the homestay for lunch.

Following lunch, we’ll head out for a joyride on an offroading Jeep – the best way to explore the wilderness! After returning, we will head to the town of Madikeri for some local sightseeing and shopping.

After dinner at a well known restaurant, we will return to the homestay.

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