Coffee Country Spotlight - India!

Welcome back to Coffee Country Spotlight, where we sip our favorite coffee beverages while learning about the impact of different countries on the coffee production and exportation industry. We also learn some other fun and interesting facts about each country. Today, we’ll be learning about India.

First, let’s see how many of these facts you knew and how many are new to you…

#1. Did you know India has a floating post office? Yep, there’s is a floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar. (While we’re talking post offices, India also has the largest postal network in the world.)

#2. In 2011, the Kumbh Mela was listed as the largest gathering of people. Over 75 million attended, so many people were there it was actually visible from space! Can you imagine that many people?

#3. You like your trips to the spa, right? Well, in India they have special spas just for elephants  where they receive baths, massages and even food. #4. India is actually the second largest English speaking country, second only to the United States. In India about 125 million people speak English.

I don’t know about you but in putting this together, I certainly have learned a few new facts about India that I didn’t know before. Now let’s take a look at India’s role in the coffee production and exportation industry.

Coffee wasn’t always grown in India. In fact, the first variety of coffee was introduced to the area of Baba Budan Giri hill ranges of Karnataka during the 17th century.  It has been said that Indian grown coffee is the finest in the world. So what makes Indian coffee so good? It could be that Indian coffee crops are traditionally grown in the shade rather than the direct sunlight. Or maybe it has to do with the fact that the majority of Indian coffee is grown in the southern area where monsoon rainfall conditions occur. Have you ever heard of “Indian Monsooned Coffee?” It’s said to be the best coffee flavor around.

The country grows three main types of coffee plant. Arabica was the most popular and the first type to be grown in India, and later was followed by Robusta.  There is one other type of coffee plant grown in India, which is a hybrid between Liberica and Arabica. This rust-tolerant hybrid has become quite popular among coffee enthusiasts.

Coffee production in India has been growing over the past few years, maybe not as quickly as in other countries. Coffee production in India has only grown about 15% in the last 50 years. However, the important thing to keep in mind is the production is growing and that is the key to success. Steady growth, slow growth, quick growth, any growth is great for business.

It’s a wonderful thing that so many countries are about to produce as well as export coffee around the world. India alone exports an estimated total of 262,000 tons annually. You can see how important the coffee industry is, not only to those of us who consume this delicious drink but also to those who grow, harvest and export it.

Thanks again for joining me today on Coffee Country Spotlight, I hope you enjoyed learning some new facts about India and their role in the coffee production and exportation.  Join us next time when we take a look at another country and highlight facts, figures, and coffee information about them.