DAILY PHOTO: Circle of Coffee / Circle of Life

Coffee beans on the tree

Coffee beans on the tree


Laid out to dry

Beans lain out to dry


The grinding and roasting room; the best smelling place in the universe

The grinding and roasting room [best smelling place in the universe]


Coffee needs shade, and so it's grown under the canopy of other trees. Taken in March of 2014 at the Golden Mist Coffee Estate near Madikeri

Coffee needs shade, and so it’s grown under the canopy of other trees. 




Photos taken in March of 2014 at the Golden Mist Coffee Estate near Madikeri.

DAILY PHOTO: Munnar Tea Plantation

Taken July 6, 2014 near Munnar.

Taken July 6, 2014 near Munnar.

Munnar is a hill station in Kerala, not too far from its border with Tamil Nadu and an easy drive from Kochi (Cochin.) This is tea country. The land is mostly government owned but the tea plants–like most of India–are owned by the Tata Corporation.

DAILY PHOTO: Coffee Plantation

Taken on March 29, 2014 near Madikeri

Taken on March 29, 2014 near Madikeri

This was taken at the Golden Mist coffee and tea plantation near Madikeri in Coorg. There are two kinds of coffee, arabica and robusta.  Arabica is the tastier variety, and the arabica tree requires more shade. Robusta is hardier, but is rarely consumed without being blended with arabica–unless one wants chest-hairs to grow on one’s chest hair. So wherein most agricultural pursuits eschew competing plants, coffee plantations need shade.