The Mojo Plantation spice farm is located in one of the highest rainfall zones of Kodagu District, Karnataka. At 1100m altitude, we receive 3500–5000mm (200 inches) of rain annually, most of it between June and September. The plantation is also densely forested with native trees. While this environment places limitations on the types and quantities of crops we can grow, it creates its own unique flavours which are reflected in the excellent quality of our organic produce.
Crops grown here are cardamom, coffee, black pepper, vanilla, kokam, fruits and some tree spices.
Coffea (Coffee) is grown in the shade of the rainforest trees and the ripe red berries are handpicked, sun-dried, hulled, monsooned to get it its unique flavour, graded, roasted and ground, all at the farm. Our coffee is a special blend between the arabica and robusta varieties and gives a strong brew best tasted as a mocca or espresso. Caffeine contributes to its stimulating and refreshing effect, and coffee has been found to eliminate lethargy, headaches, drowsiness, decreases the risk of gall and kidney stones, and asthma. Coffee is widely used by naturopaths to treat hayfever and depression. Traditionally, it was also used to treat malarial patients.
We also produce one of the world's most exclusive varieties of Civet Coffee. It is produced from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by wild Brown Palm Civets which are endemic to this region. After collecting and manual processing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee widely recognized as one of the most exclusive in the world.
Shade-grown, roasted for mocha and espresso; hand-graded into a special blend.
Elletaria cardamomi (Cardamom)—the 'queen of spices' is native to these forests and is cultivated in the shade of rainforest trees. The pods of cardamom are hand picked through the monsoons, dried in wood based kilns, and used for their amazing flavour in sweets, desserts, vegetable and meat curries, biryanis, teas, etc. Cardamom is also valued for its healing and curative properties on account of its high volatile oil content and used for strengthening digestion activities, counteracting nausea, in aroma therapy, as a diuretic and in relieving headaches.
Piper nigrum (Black Pepper)—Hand picked from vines which grow on the native jungle trees, black pepper is rich with volatile oils that make it known as the "king of spices". It aids in digestion, anti-flatulence, relieves sore throats, has anti-oxidant properties, enhances general metabolism and forms an intrinsic part of all indian and much of continental cuisine.
Garcinia cambogia (Kokam) are beautiful trees growing abundantly in the plantation and the fruits are harvested for their culinary and medicinal value. The fruits have hydroxycitric acid (HCA) as an active ingredient which interferes with an enzyme associated with fat metabolism and seems to reduce the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It is being used now to combat obesity. It can be cooked with meats, fish, vegetables, in a curry or stew form and gives a delicious flavour to the food.
Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla)—introduced from Central and South America, vanilla flowers are hand pollinated and the beans are cured manually to yield the amazingly fragrant pods. These are valued as aromatic stimulants and can be used to flavour sweets, ice creams, beverages, or in cosmetics. Vanilla was used traditionally as a remedy for hysteria, low fevers, impotency, and enhancing sensory nervous system. Vanillin can be eluted or used as beans.
Whole beans and extract
1 grade A bean
Tea bushes grow interspersed amongst Orange trees and pepper vines. Young leaves are harvested and processed for Green tea. One tablespoon in a cup of boiling water makes a delicious beverage.
Plants grow on hill slopes amongst cardamom under forest canopies. Young leaves are harvested and dried to make a tea. Known also as 'Insulin plant', Costus is used in traditional medicine for controlling blood sugar levels.
Trees grow on hill slopes of the Plantation. The bark is dried and used as condiment for cooking and medicine.
Wild Palm civets roam freely amongst the coffee plants. Civet coffee at Mojo is prepared after extensive washing, grading and processing. Famous for its subtle and unique flavour, this coffee is prepared as a light roast.
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Mojo Plantation is certified by
IMO Control India
Proceeds from the sale of this produce support our environmental NGO.