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