As the story goes, when Sufi saint Baba Budan was making his return from a pilgrimage to Mecca, he was enamored by a dark drink he encountered in Mocha, Yemen. Unable to legally leave Arabia with raw coffee seeds, he smuggled 7 seeds hidden within his beard, later planting the first 7 trees in the shady slopes of Chikmagalur in 1670.
By the mid-19th century, British colonization brought production to a peak, but government control of exports in the early 1900s stunted this growth until a 1996 amendment allowed farmers to sell internationally, with between 70 and 99 percent grown on today's farms sized less than 25 acres. Throughout India, local coffee culture continues to celebrate its origin, with many cafes named after the Sufi saint. Today, the amazing journey of this coffee makes its way to us, to you, offering an incredibly rare opportunity.