July 1, 2017

Coffee Museum - Chikmagalur

If you are from India, especially from South India, you would most likely love coffee. Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it's hard to go back to sleep, right? A Turkish proverb states "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love."

Chikmagalur, one of the most loveliest places of India, is the true land of coffee. There is a unique Coffee Museum located in Chikmagalur.

Coffee Museum is an initiative by the Coffee Board of India. This museum offers many interesting aspects of coffee in terms of its history as well as tradition.

A very interesting documentary directed by the Cine director Rajeev Menon is on display. The documentary talks about the origin and growth of coffee in India.

The museum is co-located with the training center in a lush greenery place. The vibrant and colorful posters depict various information about Coffee. One particular poster depicts the Cofee map of India, which gives us an insight of the traditional areas where coffee is grown.

In the evaluation center, the staff explains us the process of evaluation of the coffee beans and how the final product is produced.

We get to see varieties of coffee seeds based on their regions, qualities and other classifications. The sample machines that are used in the coffee industry are also on display.

The highlights of Coffee history as displayed in the museum.

  • Coffee berry was accidentally discovered in Ethiopian highlands in 850 BCE. 
  • In 1000 CE, the Arabian traders brought coffee to their land. 
  • In 1475 CE, Kiva Han, the world's first coffee shop was opened in Turkey.
  • The Turkish law allowed the women to divorce their husbands, if they failed to provide them with coffee.
  • In 1600s, the coffee houses became intellectual forums. They were called as Penny Universities.
  • In 1675 CE, the Sufi saint Baba Budan planted seven seeds of Mocha in Chandragiri hills of Chikmagalur. The saga of Indian Coffee began with this incident.
  • In 1690 CE, the Dutch smuggled coffee plants and cultivated commercially in Ceylon and Java.
  • In 1773 CE, the British brought coffee to the USA.
  • In 1820 CE the British setup commercial plantations in India.
  • In 1882 CE, the prototype of the first espresso machine was made in France.
  • In 1906 CE, the first mass produced instant coffee was created by George Constant Washington, an English Chemist. This brand was called as Read E Coffee.
  • L.C.Coleman could be considered as the Father of organised coffee research in India. He established the Mysore Coffee Experimental Station in Chikmagalur in 1925 CE. 
  • In 1938 CE, Nescafe instant coffee was invented. 
  • In 1942 CE, the Coffee Board was established. 

Happy travelling.

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