Little known but highly acclaimed, Nepal produces very good quality high altitude coffee. Join this trip to discover the processes of organic coffee, from crop all the way to the cup - and beyond through upcycling and recycling
Coffee came into Nepal several years ago when a returning traveller brought some plants from abroad to remote Argakhanchi district in Mid Western Nepal, and planted some in his garden. The plants did well and the neighbours also planted a few, but did not really know what to do with the beans when they started being ready for harvest. Its only in the last 15 - 20 years that coffee has become the crazy in the mid-hills, between 900m upto about 1800m altitude, as a cash crop, intercropped with cardamom, fruit trees etc.
Coffee estates are few to come by in Nepal, though its slowly starting. Individual farmers with small land holdings plant a few seedlings and bring in the produce in small quantities to local collectors who also double up as processors, who will use the wet method to produce the parchment or green beans.
Wholesalers then will pick this up, either directly or from the cooperatives, sort them and bag them and send them either for export, or to the retail industry, or to the coffee shops that keep popping up. Today coffee is a new found crazy, and coffee shops abound in Kathmandu, Pokhara and even in little towns.
This trip is a wonderful way to discover local life in villages, see how the agricultural mechanism functions, participate in harvesting and processing (in the right time of year) and also understand how the export and retail industries function. Your appreciation of speciality coffee increases quite a bit after this trip.
The trip is flexible, and one can choose between going to easy access locations like Begnas near Pokhara for the farm component, or to remote locations in Gorkha or Ilam, and stay options can be adjusted between farm stays or hotel stays - totally customisable.
Join this journey of discovery. At your time, available all year round.
Meals not included in itinerary
Tips and Gratuities
|1||Kathmandu||BRIEFINGS AND PREPARATION||car||hotel (3 star)||D|
|2||Pokhara||COFFEE FARM VISIT||air | car||homestay||B | L | D|
|3||Pokhara||HANDS-ON DAY||-||homestay||B | L | D|
|4||Pokhara||REWARD||car||hotel (3 star)||B|
|5||Kathmandu||POST HARVEST PROCESSING||air | car||hotel (3 star)||B | L|
|6||Kathmandu||EXPORTS & RETAILING||car||-||B | L | D|