Faiz Moosakutty follows in the footsteps of his parents. In 1990 Faiz took over the farm and with dedication he follows the idea to create a model coffee farm. Nowadays Bibi Plantation produces some of the region’s finest coffee.
Near the small town of Suntikoppa, among the Coorg Hills of southern India in the state of Karnataka is the heart of the coffee growing area and it’s known for richly flavoured beans. In these fertile hills you can find small- to medium-sized farms.
Bibi Plantation is located in this area at 800 metres above sea level and the coffee grows on 250 acres in sustainable environments, usually intercropped with fruit, pepper and other spices.
The coffee is shade grown, hand-picked, wet-processed and sun-dried, like many good arabica coffees. They are carefully prepared to remove defective beans.
Faiz runs his farm in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
The coffee is grown in the shade of indigenous silver oaks, jungle figs and rosewood trees, which provide habitat for a vast array of bird and insect life, and the occasional elephant from the nearby forest. While the estate is not officially certified organic, no chemical weed-killers are used; instead weeds are removed by hand so that the cut plants form natural green compost. Micronutrients, manure and compost produced from the skins of pulped coffee cherries are other important, organic fertilisers widely used on the estate.
Some 100 people work on the plantation, around half of whom live on site. The farm provides them with free electricity, free housing and free medical assistance. Faiz also offers interest free loans to assist with the education of workers’ children, and pay back schedules are kept flexible and worked out on a case-by-case basis. As Faiz told us, “It is a big responsibility – like looking after a family of 100 people!”