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Our vision is to have a world where coffee farms conserve biodiversity and all producers have secure and stable livelihoods.

WE ARE
BIODIVERSITY FRIENDLY

We started with the simple idea of creating a coffee company that conserves forests, wildlife and water by selling coffee.

 

So we looked back into history and decided to support producers to grow coffee as it always had been in the past – amidst forest trees.

 

OUR STORY

Black Baza Coffee Co. started as a conservation project to improve biodiversity found on coffee farms in India. We spent our first four years, speaking to over 300 growers – documenting shade trees, coffee yields, value chains and simply understanding the challenges of farming sustainably.

 

We found that although India has one of the most sustainable production systems in the world, our coffee was moving rapidly from shade to sun grown.

 

So we started selling coffee in 2015 to support coffee growers to follow biodiversity-friendly farming, which we define as coffee grown under the shade of indigenous forest trees, without chemical pesticides and with active re-forestation of wildlife-use areas on farms.

 

We believe that if we could create a market for biodiversity-friendly coffee, we’d be able to build a large community of coffee producers within India and across producer nations who follow ecologically acceptable farming practices.

LOCATED IN INDIA

Our coffee is sourced from the heart of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, from farms across elevational gradients. Some farms fall alongside rivers. Others lie beside sacred forests and wildlife sanctuaries. We source a variety of washed and unwashed Arabicas and Robustas.

The Black Baza Coffee label guarantees that your coffee come from a farm that follows biodiversity-friendly farming practices. Our farming philosophy exceeds the environmental standards of most other global certifications. Our holistic approach ensures conservation and wellbeing at an ecosystem level - for tree and plant diversity, wildlife species, climate change resilience, soil and water quality and livelihood security and recognition for producers with best practices. Result: your cup of coffee is kinder to the environment.

SHADE GROWN

Our partner farms grow coffee under the shade of forest trees. Farms keep at least 60% tree canopy cover and a minimum of 100 trees and 20 species of indigenous trees per acre.

BIODIVERSITY MONITORING

We measure the impacts of our changed farming practices through monitoring diversity of trees, birds, insects, mammals and all sorts of biodiversity.

REFOREST

We reforest farms by planting rare and endemic forest trees that provide critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDES

Our coffee is sourced from set-aside areas on farms that use non-chemical methods of controlling pests.

PROTECT WATER SOURCES

Streams, rivulets and ponds on farms and surrounds are protected from harmful effluents. Reforesting riversides helps prevent erosion and create stable riverbanks.

LIVELIHOOD SECURITY

Sustainable and secure livelihoods for coffee growers and workers is a critical part of our programme. We ensure this through stable prices, long-term guaranteed contracts and capacity building for quality production.

100% TRACEABLE

Each cup of coffee is traced back to the ‘conservation block’ on the farm from which the beans were harvested.

MEASURING IMPACT

Our commitment to sustainable coffee means that we have to meticulously monitor the impact of our changed farming efforts. We have a long way to go but here's a start...

IMPACT

45

ACRES

150

NATIVE
TREE SPECIES

288

PEOPLE
IMPACTED

35

FARMS

3200

TREES
PROTECTED

18

RARE
TREE SPECIES

BAZA FOLKS

Join us in Measuring Impact

AGASTESHWARA TEMPLE, KODAGU

Agasteshwara is a riverside estate wth many special stories. While the mighty Cauvery flanks its north, the farm’s west block lies alongside an ancient sacred forest. This sacred forest, considered by locals as the resting place of ancestors is also home to countless plant and wildlife species. Our work with in AGT aims to develop contiguity between the river and forest ecosystems.
PALLAKERE, KODAGU

Pallakere is a third generation estate. A high density of tall forest trees gentle rivulet and low-impact production practices make Pallakere a fantastic potential habitat for the Black Baza. Our conservation and monitoring efforts hope to develop the potential of the estate to bring back this enigmatic bird.
KARADIGOD, KODAGU

Karadigod is a diverse farm with different varieties of coffee and wildlife. Flying squirrels and hornbills are daily visitors and there is an almost resident elephant herd. Our work with these two farms aims to develop contiguity between the river and forest ecosystems. Our work with in Karadigod aims to develop contiguity between the river and forest ecosystems.
ARSHIYA BOSE

Arshiya Bose completed her PhD from the University of Cambridge on certifications for sustainable coffee production in India and founded Black Baza Coffee Co. soon after.
ASHAKIRAN, KODAGU

Ashakiran is an organic estate bursting with the liveliest Robusta coffee. Spiders and wasps replace chemical sprays as pest-control. Leaf litter from forest trees substitute chemical fertilisers. Butterflies and bees help pollinate coffee and maintain productivity in the absence of chemical inputs. A biodiversity- friendly farm like this is a playground for Luna moths. We hope to actively monitor Lunas to evaluate the impact of our efforts on such species.
SHRIKANTH AITHALA

Entrepreneur with an interest in market-driven solutions for environmental and social problems.

 

 

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