Coffee has been a go-to beverage for many for decades. Coffee enthusiasts love to start their mornings with a dose of caffeine boost as well as engage in occasional sips throughout the day. If you are someone who loves a good brew, wouldn’t you want to know where your favourite cup of coffee comes from?
Located amidst the rolling hills of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, in Karnataka, is known for its lush coffee plantations, which today, are proliferating more than ever before. But the history of Chikmagalur and its tradition of celebrating coffee dates long back!
As per the legends, it was in the late 1600s, that Chikmagalur saw the first bloom of the coffee crop. A saint named Baba Budan brought with him seven seeds of coffee from Mecca and spread them in a hill where he resided. The hill was later named Baba Budan Giri, and it gradually became the centre from which the practice of coffee cultivating spread across the town. The beverage soon became an integral part of the town, mushrooming eventually to coffee estates.