India's contribution to world coffee is the story of "Baba Budan and the Seven Seeds." It begins with Baba Budan, a holy man, in 1600 AD made his way to Yemen and smuggled seven seeds of coffee "strapped to his belly" back to India. As a gift to his people he planted the seven seeds in the Chandragiri Hills now known as the Baba Budan Hills in Southern India. To this day a shrine is dedicated to Baba Budan high atop the lush, green mountains of the Giri range. This legend of Baba Budan identifies India as an "origin" and lends substance to the antiquity of India's coffee growing traditions.
The indian coffee industry is one of the most diverse and eclectic in history and in production. India is the 6th largest producer of coffee in the world. Most of the Arabica and Robusta are grown in the three southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala as well as in the North East in recent years. Growers ensure quality standards set to a premium, commanding an ever-increasing demand for exquisite coffee standing on its own to anywhere in the world. Europe and Russia have long been importers of Indian coffee and now the United States is ready to experience Giri Estates™ Coffee unlike any other.
Deckan Coffee was founded in 2004 in Michigan, USA.
The founder is from a well known coffee grower's family dating back to 1775 in Chikmagalore district of Southern India. The family continues to manage coffee estates in the Giri range.
The coffee grown particularly in the Giri range is considerably superior when compared to the rest of the coffee growing regions of India. Here the coffee grows quite naturally and the beans tend to be heavier due to the iron rich soil content. The Arabica bean grown here is a "stand alone" and can compete against the best of other coffees around the world.
Our vision is to bring the finest mountain grown Indian coffee to the specialty coffee drinkers of the world, keeping quality, taste, and tradition of South Indian coffee intact in the cup.