Badra Estates & Ind.
} Brief Introduction of the Estate:
The Badra story dates back to 1943, when the family concern of Badra Estates and Industries Ltd. started cultivating some of South India's finest shade-grown estate coffees. As a company whose primary activity is coffee cultivation, we're also defined by our eco ethical and environmental responsibilities and an energy efficient set of practices which we apply to each of our other activities.
Our plantation are in Karnataka's Chickmagalur District, with one of them, Badra Bettadakhan Estate located at 4650 ft. on the Bababudan Giri Hills, the birth place of Indian Coffee. The hills are named for a sage Bababudan who legend has it, planted the first coffee seeds which he brought from Yemen in 1670. This lush, tropical highland with its rich, fertile soil is located on Southern India's Western Ghats, in the state of Karnataka, which accounts for 70% of India's coffee production.
Our estate product range consist of Coffee, Pepper, Cocoa, Cardamom, Rubber & Teak. Under coffee and rubber, our estates total about 1850 acres, at elevations ranging from 2450ft. to 4650 ft. with annual rainfall ranging between 65 and 115 inches. The gross annual production of coffee ranges between 700 and 900 tonnes of which 70% are washed coffees.
Our plantation verge on forest areas and Badra is home to a diversity of plant, animal and bird life. Deer, bison and wild boar abound and the occasional panther is seen.
There are in total five estates out of which Badra Bettadakhan, Badra Balehonnur (BHR) & Badra Kerkeicoondah are in Chickmagalur, Badra Rubber in Perintalmanna, Mallapuram District, Kerala and BadraTeak in Batalagundu,Tamil Nadu.
Main crop at Badra Bettadakhan is Coffee Arabica. Main crop at Badra Balehonnur (BHR) is Coffee Robusta interplanted with Pepper and Cocoa. Main crop at Badra Kerkeicoondah is Coffee Arabica and Coffee Robusta interplanted with Pepper. At Badra Rubber, main crop is Rubber interplanted with Pepper. At Badra teak, main crop is Teak progressively planted from 1997.
} Heritage History & People:
Badra Estates & Industries Ltd is a heritage, nearly seven decades old, of traditional methods coupled with the latest state of the art processing technology and a regard for the land and the people who work on it.
Badra Estates has been owned by the Mammen family from 1936: Badra Estates & Industries Ltd. was formed in 1943 and three generations of the family have run it ever since.
At Badra, we regard ourselves as a community where all the stakeholders share a common goal. The people of the area who have worked with us for generations are housed on the estates. A percentage of our workforce is migrant labour who return each picking season.
All workers are organised and unionised with access to a full range of benefits - medical, education, social and recreational, and retirement - as laid down by the Indian Plantation Labour Act 1951. The Indian plantation industry is the only one in the world which legislates worker interests: each planting district has a separate labour court to address labour issues and disputes.
} About Badra Estate Coffee:
All Badra Coffee have been traditionally shade-grown in dappled light to protect them and to enhance distinctiveness and complexity of flavour. Each estate includes shade canopies of Silver Oak, Mahagony, Rosewood, Ficus, albizzia, acacia and coconut.
Available fully washed, pulped-sudried, our coffee include:
High grown, varieties of washed arabicas grown at altitudes between 3500 ft. - 4650 ft. Flavour Profile of good body with sweet acidity and chocolate notes.
Washed and double washed robustas grown at altitudes between 2450 ft. - 2850 ft. Flavour Profile of good body with medium acidity and peppery notes.
Pulpled, Sundried arabicas & robustas as micro lots.
Small boutique assortments with distinct flavour profiles and taste are also available.
Currently we would be offering only Washed Plantation Arabica AA and pulped-sundried Arabica as micro lots. Coffee Robusta can be supplied only on demand.
} Farming Methods & Processes:
Traditional growing methods coupled with the latest state of the art processing technology is implemented at our estate. The world has changed and Badra grows to serve evolving consumer and ecological priorities. Forest regeneration and wildlife conservation are a part of our ecosystem.
In operations are these processes to modernise water and soil use and recycling potential: Water management which includes:
> Recycling water in the pulping section for re-use.
> Treating effluent and waste water, chemically and biologically.
> Electricity generation by turbines driven by the force of the water channeled down estate slopes.
> Soil management which includes: preventing topsoil erosion by staggering regeneration trenches and treating coffee pulp to use as a compost.
All post harvest processes after handpicking such as curing, grading and garbling are carried out in-house at the Badra Coffee Milling unit located in Balehonnur. The latest machinery and equipment such as the electronic colour sorter guarantee that rigid quality controls govern every stage of the process.
Ultimately what's in the cup is what matters and at the Balehonnur QC lab, coffees are cupped and tasted to monitor flavours and profiles across the range of varieties, seasons to season.
Our code has always emphasised sustainability, environmental responsibility and fair practice long before these became acknowledged international priorities. Knowing the origin of the food has become an need of an hour and the integrity of the processes that create it, the transparency of the supply chain and proceeds-sharing. The principle of traceability, therefore is central to our cultivation and post-harvest process.
} Awards & Rewards/Memberships /Certifications:
Ever since the Coffee Board of India Flavour of India cup Awards were instituted, our name has figured prominently on its list year after year. From 2002 the journey of awards began and The Coffee Board of India Flavour of India cup Awards for 2014 was again awarded to us and now it has been our rich tradition in receiving awards year after year and wining hearts of all coffee lovers. A pride moment to cherish and setting benchmarks for ourselves to soar new heights every day.
Badra Estates & Industries is a member of the following renowned Associations:
Specialty Coffee Association of India
Specialty Coffee Association of America
Specialty Coffee Association of Europe
} Exports to other nations:
Shade-grown, hand picked and sun dried Badra Coffee, apart from being sold in India, is exported to Italy, USA, UK, Switzerland, Norway and Japan among other countries.
Badra has launched Qahwa Country, distinctive estate home-stays where tourists will enjoy country lving apart from seeing first-hand coffee is grown and processed and also take part in activities like picking and tasting. The estate also offer facilities for adventure sports: trekking and mountain biking trails, coffee trails, Kayaking and whitewater rafting at Badra River. For coffee connoisseur, it's an exciting, participative way to discover coffee's journey from crop to cup.