It all began in 1600, when Saint Baba Budan, an Arab Mystic, returned from Mecca with seven seeds of the wonder bean, Coffee. He planted them in the Chandragiri Hills of Karnataka, whose conducive climate and altitude proved ideal for coffee cultivation.
Perfected into plantation crop
The East India Company with its relentless spirit of exploration for harnessing commercial avenues in India, discovered a gold mine in coffee cultivation and developed it into a viable plantation crop.
By the end of 19th century, the green hills of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were covered with thriving coffee plantations. However, Karnataka State, the home of Indian Coffee remains the largest producer of finest varieties of coffee even today.