India Loyola Estate
The history of Loyola Estate can be traced back to 1925 when the estate was purchased from the Zamindar of Chatrapatti by the 'Roman Catholic Jesuit Missions'. The Jesuit Missions started the coffee plantation with the help of P.R. Karuppiah Nadar and his sons. Subsequently, in 1985 P.R Karuppiah's son P.R.K. Joseph purchased the estate from the Ar.Bishop of Madurai. His son J. Nagarajan and his grandson N. Peter Naresh presently own and run the estate.
The Loyola Estate brings the experience of four generations by producing high quality coffee for the coffee connoisseurs world over. They follow high standard of coffee cultivation methods in every stage as recommended by the Coffee Board Research Department.
At Loyola Estate, they grow coffee and other plantation/horticultural crops such as cardamom, orange, pepper and banana in an integrated plantation model. Their main crop, coffee is cultivated under shade at elevations ranging from 1250-1350 MASL
The coffee bushes grow under a carefully maintained natural shade of the native tree species like Artocarpus heterophyllus(Jack), Terminalia bellarica (Thandi), Syzgium jambolana (Nava), Cedrella toona (Santhana vembu), Acrocarpus fraxinifolius (Nelarae), Pterocarpus marsupium (Vengai), and other trees, such as Gmelina arborea (Kumul), Erythrina lithosperma (dadap) and Grevillea robusta (Silver oak).
The rich flora of the estate supports an abundant fauna, including a number of species of birds, butterflies, honeybees and other insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. The estate is blessed with perennial streams flowing throughout the land, with the check dam spreading over 4.5 acres. Two sides of the estate is bordered by the thick tropical rain forest.
As the sun gently sets, there is a dramatic change taking place at the estate, it slowly transforms into a sanctuary for a lot of wild animals, like the mighty Indian bison, deer, foxes, rabbits and many more. When these animals start frolicking around, the workers begin to limit their outdoor activities so that their natural movements and haunts are not disturbed.
Come early morning, one wakes up to the fragrance of fresh blossomed flowers that wafts around in the morning mist. The melody of the early morning birdsong is like a beautiful sonnet being sung. The playful monkeys prancing around the treetops with their cacophony and chatter is deafening to hear.
The natural beauty of the plantation and the wealth of wildlife it supports make the entire estate of Loyola a true pleasure for those living and those visiting there.
Farm: Loyola Estate
Processing Method: Natural
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