About the Place: B.R.Hills
B.R.Hills is located in Yelandur Taluk of Chamarajanagar District in the state of Karnataka in South India. The exact location is 12 deg. N, 77 deg. E. on a range of hills known as the B.R.T. Range, with an altitude of 5,000 ft above mean sea level.
B.R.Hills is named after the deity BILIGIRI RANGA – whose
600-year-old temple is the main attraction for thousands of pilgrims in
the district. This is a small hamlet surrounded by dense forest, and a
population of some 600 people, a majority of whom are tribals belonging to
the SOLIGA tribe. It is said that SOLIGA means “people of the bamboo”
as once upon a time this was a bamboo-forest, but now it is deciduous.
The forest surrounding B R Hills extending to an area of 35,000 acres
and the wildlife includes Elephants, Gaurs (Indian Bison), Tigers,
Leopards (Panthers), Bears, Spotted Deer, Sambar, and a variety of smaller
game. The Government of Karnataka has set up a Wildlife Resort in K-Gudi,
about 25 kms South of here, in the forest.
WATAPI is a small estate, 100% organic (certified) and the main crop is Coffee (Arabica) with Pepper as an intercrop. The Estate covering a total area of 20 acres was started in 1992 on virgin land, and a total of 10 acres have been developed.
In addition to being 100% organic, the coffee is SHADE GROWN.
Silver Oak Grevillea Robusta) trees are used for shade, providing a
canopy like that of a tropical forest. The tree branches shelter the
coffee plants from the sun, at the same time, providing critical habitat
for migratory birds, insects and mammals. At the same time, the biomass
contributes to the fertility of the land.
We carry out the processing or curing of Coffee on the estate itself
using the WET-PROCESS to obtain PARCHMENT COFFEE or WASHED COFFEE which is
then polished or de-husked to obtain PLANTATION coffee beans ready for
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