This coffee is cultivated at MG Plantation, a fourth generation family owned large plantation (180 acres) that grows cherry for a local brand of roasted coffee. This is one of the oldest plantations in the area, growing primarily S795 and Selection 9 varieties. There are plenty of established indigenous trees providing excellent shade canopy, good biodiversity and a plentiful water source from a natural spring.
Working with the plantation, Ekata identified certain ‘blocks’ on the estate where they assessed trees being grown there to have the greatest early potential for quality improvements for specialty coffee production: higher elevation (1350 – 1500 masl) and facing North East to catch the sun as it rises. The team are now focusing on establishing organic growing practices to scale up across the entire plantation and reach certification in three to four years’ time.