& Tea Estate
Coffee & Tea Estates is located in Chikmagalur District
in Karnataka state. Situated in the Western Ghats, the estate
is currently spread over 1000 acres, with elevations ranging
between 3000 to 4000 feet above msl. The annual rainfall is
between 120 to 160 inches. Kelagur Estate was acquired by
Diwan Bahadur S L Mathias (1868 – 1940), himself the
son of a coffee planter, in 1927. At a time when the global
coffee market was fluctuating, ‘Sathab’ as he
was respectfully known, staked his all to open up a tea estate
– the first Indian to do so in Mysore. He became a legend
– being honoured both by the then Viceroy and Governor-General
of India and by the Maharajah of Mysore, for his achievements.
His son, E J Mathias (1913 – 1992) carried on the
family tradition for five decades and developed the estate
further, planting coffee, clonal tea and progressively improving
the social welfare for the workers. Since 1980, his grandson
Peter Mathias continues the family planting tradition.
Arabica coffee, the main strains being S 795 and Sln 9, grows
at elevations of 3000 – 4000 feet above msl; robusta
coffee, a mix of old robusta and S 274, grows at lower elevations.
Coffee grows under a mixed canopy of shade, with the upper
canopy comprising trees such as ficus, albizzia, bischofia
The estate has fully integrated facilities for coffee processing,
with on-site pulp house and curing works. Fourteen perennial
springs on the estate ensure that the washed arabica and robusta
is of the highest standard. The year round harvesting and
processing of tea at Kelagur Estate has created a well-trained
and disciplined workforce.
D B S L Mathias & Sons, Kelagur Coffee & Tea Estates,
Javali P.O., Chikmagalur – 577 122, Karnataka, India
Tel: 91 (0) 8263 345322, E-mail: email@example.com
Bangalore contact: Tel: 91 (0) 80 25587245 Fax: 91 (0) 80