& Tea Estate
Four generations of the Mathias family have
been directly involved in cultivation and processing of coffee
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, Peter Mathias, grandson of S L Mathias, runs
the estate, nurturing coffee and tea on a 1000-acre estate
that yields bountifully, joyously, year after year…
Kelagur Coffee & Tea Estates is located in Chikmagalur
District in Karnataka state. The history of the estate dates
back to 1857-58 when it was first opened by the Mysore Coffee
Company; it was considered amongst the finest coffee estates
in Mysore Province. Subsequently, the estate became the property
of Binny & Co., and was later acquired by S L Mathias
in 1927. Situated in the Western Ghats, the elevation of the
estate ranges between 3000 to 4500 feet above msl. The annual
rainfall is between 120 to 160 inches.
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.
Quality CTC teas are produced at a tea factory that was first
built in 1934, and which has subsequently been modernized
Social standards on the estate are high – workers are
provided with housing and a Government primary school operates
on the estate. A crèche is available for infants as
also medical facilities for all workers and their families.
Contact: D B S L Mathias & Sons, Kelagur Coffee &
Tea Estates, Javali P.O., Chikmagalur – 577 122, Tel:
91 (0) 8263 345322, E-mail: email@example.com
Bangalore office: 36 Rest House Crescent, Bangalore –
Tel: 91 (0) 80 25587175 (Office) 25595929 (Res) Fax: 91 (0)