To be able to move India’s oldest coffee estate towards sustainability and restoration was a cherished dream project for us at Beforest. However, we think of ourselves as enablers of intent and not sellers of an idea. Although there was tremendous interest, it didn’t translate into a seed community that cut a cheque based on an idea. As indicated in the last newsletter, we are calling this project off and going back to the drawing board to explore other options.
We are in the process of evaluating a few estates that are comparable in size and quality of produce and would have the same (if not more) impact on the ecosystem. So we are back to the seed community exercise and are looking at estates in the range of 200 – 300 acres, in Chikmagalur area to create a wilderness collective. If the idea of going natural, especially on an intensive crop like coffee, interests you, then reach out to us.
On a side note, we have embarked on some really ambitious ideas, which can be game changing in the sustainable development space. Watch this space for more.