India

H. N. Mahesh Gowda

THE INTERVIEW

What does coffee mean to you and your country?

Coffee is our life, heritage and profession since generations. Since we grow Arabica coffee in tree shades, we protect flora and fauna  and  contribute to our country by reducing global warming. Also, our country gains foreign exchange revenue by exporting coffee.

What is your favorite place in your country?

My favourite place in my country is my hometown and district, Chikmagalur which is surrounded by coffee estates and Baba Budan hills where coffee was first introduced in India.

What is your history with illycaffè?

illycaffè has been promoting and motivating the Arabica growers to grow quality coffee and follow the sustainable practices and encouraging through awards.

How do you get the perfect coffee?

The terrain, elevation, climate condition, fertile land under shade and manual weeding coupled with care during picking, pulping and drying of coffee is the way perfect coffee is grown and produced.

How do you drink coffee?

Every day in my house, coffee is made by making coffee decoction using Indian coffee filter, then mixing the decoction with required thick cow milk and sugar. My day starts with this cup of coffee every morning.