in the Nelliyampathy hills of Kerala state in South India,
the 500-hectare Poabs Organic Estate, at an average elevation
of 3,500 feet, is the largest perennial multi-crop organic
estate in India, growing tea and coffee, both arabica and
robusta, with inter-crops of pepper and cardamom.
First opened in 1889, the Seethargundu estate went through
several ups and downs over the years and it was even lying
abandoned for 16 years, before the estate was taken over by
the Poabs Group in 1989. Conversion to biodynamic agriculture
commenced in year 2000. Today, 350 cows are maintained on
the estate, along with a nursery growing the herbs required
for BD preparations - yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle,
dandelion and valerian, and extensive compost yards, such
that the estate is considered a "model" project
in organic farming circles.
The 500 workers form the backbone of the plantation and
are provided with housing, educational and recreational facilities
in excess of local requirements for labour welfare. Kerala
state ranks the highest in India in terms of literacy and
health, and we are proud to be stakeholders in a community
that has achieved high standards in human development. Overall,
the social and environmental norms on the estate fully meet
the requirements of buyers with respect to conservation principles
and ethical sourcing of tea and coffee from origin.
Poabs Estate offers a range of distinctive teas and coffees,
cupped and profiled by experts. A new, ultra-modern tea factory
has capabilities for orthodox, CTC and green teas with HACCP
systems in place. A bio-reactor treats coffee effluents. The
award-winning washed robusta coffee from this estate is the
taster's choice, rated among the best organic robusta produced
anywhere in the world.
Certified "Organic" by Skal International, Netherlands
and Naturland, Germany; "Demeter" by Demeter-International,
Germany; ISO: 9001:2000 by BVQI, UK. The estate conforms to
NOP of USDA & JAS.
Poabs Organic Products Pvt. Ltd.
Kerala PIN: 678 511, INDIA
Phone: +91 4923 246554, 246333, 246223
Telefax: +91 4923 246555 Alternate fax: +91 469 2614195