Is Your #Coffee Wildlife-Friendly? #WATWB

We are the World BlogfestWe are the World Blogfest is here with its seventh edition.

To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest. In a world where news and social media are awash with negativity, we aim to turn the focus on to small but significant stories that renew our faith in humanity.

The co-hosts for the August 2017 WATWB are: Michelle Wallace , Shilpa GargAndrea MichaelsPeter NenaEmerald Barnes

Please go and visit them– they’ve been doing a wonderful job of cohosting the #WATWB behind the scenes.


Would you try wildlife-friendly coffee ?

In the spirit of “In Darkness, Be Light,” I’d like to share the story of Avinash Sosale and Dr. Krithi Karanth, the Indian husband and wife team who have founded Wild Kaapi, a unique endeavour to make wildlife-friendly coffee. Dr. Karanth has decades of wildlife study and conservation experience behind her, and Sosale is an entrepreneur and coffee lover. In India, where wildlife cover and biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate, the world’s first ‘certified wildlife-friendly’ coffee brand is a heartening initiative.

“Wild Kaapi started as an offshoot of a three-year research project (part of a grant by the National Science Foundation to study coffee, areca and rubber plantations in the Western Ghats). Karanth, of the Centre for Wildlife Studies — with Paul Robbins of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Ashwini Chhatre of University of Illinois — measured biodiversity, and studied labour practices and market dynamics of the farming areas.

During the project, she interacted with over 1,000 planters in the three coffee growing areas of Karnataka — Kodagu, Chikmagalur, and Hassan — and realised how frustrated they were “because they weren’t getting value for their coffee due to the middlemen involved”. That’s when the idea for Wild Kaapi originated, and the duo is now exploring new ways to get a premium price for products that support wildlife.”

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Since they ship internationally, and maintain excellent quality standards, I’m planning an order soon. I shall let the coffee-lover in the family try it out, and do my best to support this fledgling company that has such a laudable mission statement:

‘The idea behind setting up Wild Kaapi was to find a way to keep them wildlife friendly, reduce deforestation, minimize the usage of chemical inputs, implement good labour practices and at the same incentivize the process for the farmers.’

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  1. Lynn Hallbrooks

    I think this initiative shows good stewardship and for those who drink coffee it is a way for them to support this through their purchases of wildlife-friendly brands. Thanks for sharing and for being an important part of #WATWB.

  2. Susan Scott

    I LOVE coffee and am always on the lookout for eco-friendly beans or instant coffee. There are quite a few here in South Africa, some from Kenya, Ethiopia and other, and boy! are they delicious!

  3. laughingatthesky1

    I am a coffee lover and would support wildlife-friendly brands. I often get Equal Exchange a fair-trade coffee that is eco friendly. I will definitely look for WildKaapi

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Cinda, this Blogfest is all about shining light on people trying to do good: I hope this venture succeeds, because wildlife is in serious peril in India and very little is being done to protect it.

  4. Vasantha Vivek

    Interesting to read about Wildlife Kaapi. It’s a great initiative with a noble cause. I would also like to taste the brand soon. Happy to join with you for #WATWB !!!

  5. Guilie Castillo

    I love this, Damyanti! Yes, India faces some dire challenges in nature preservation, so this initiative, with all the odds against it, is doubly encouraging. I’ll definitely look into ordering some (who knows, maybe Curaçao can become a regular export partner for them; people here tend to be more inclined towards eco-friendly consumerism, so perhaps…), and I’ll also spread the word as much as I can. Thanks for sharing!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Thanks, Guilie! Be wonderful if it worked out. I don’t know the WildKaapi owners but they seem to be cool with the idea of shipping internationally.

      Wildlife in India and the world over can use all the help they can get.

  6. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727)

    Yes, I <3 my coffee!!
    Wildlife-friendly coffee? I would try this in a flash…just not sure about international shipping costs…
    Yay for coffee scoring another win for mankind, as we travel along the road to sustainable living!

    #WATWB #InDarknessBeLight

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yes, I know of your coffee addiction!

      Check out the site–maybe the shipping costs wouldn’t be prohibitive.

  7. Deborah Weber

    That’s a very inspiring mission statement – I hope they’re find great success. Growing and processing coffee requires a mind-boggling amount of water, and so I think it’s especially important that if we’re going to indulge that we find the most responsible sources to support. Fair-trade, animal-friendly, and environmentally aware – all good things indeed.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yes, they check all the right boxes.
      I wish all corporate entities would embrace such principles.

  8. Shailaja V

    This is extremely heartwarming to read about. I love initiatives which give credit and help the growers or artisans directly. Many cottage emporiums do a similar thing where the proceeds go directly to the artists instead of the dealers who will make a buck in the process.

    I don’t drink coffee but my in-laws do. I will forward the details of this to them. Perhaps they will find it useful. Thank you for sharing their story, Damyanti.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Shailaja, heartwarming indeed to find Indians who are stepping up to support wildlife in practical, sustainable ways.

      If your in laws do try out the brand let us know how they like it.

      The more feedback, the better awareness.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Emily Bloomquist

    Love the mission statement for this company and I wish them every success. A friend of mine grows and sells coffee from his eco friendly farm here in Ecuador. I will have to ask how he ensures his farm is wildlife friendly. Thanks for sharing this Damyanti! It gives me more to think about when buying and supporting products.

  10. Shilpa Garg

    That’s such a fabulous initiative that benefits everyone. Will look out for WildKaapi and try it. Thanks for sharing, Damyanti!

  11. Almost Iowa

    I am not sure whether my coffee is wildlife friendly, but I can tell you that I am not friendly to wildlife until I have had my coffee, or so can attest the birds who I swear at every morning until I have had my first sip of the day.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Do not offend the birds. From personal experience, I know it to be an expensive mistake 🙂

  12. Peter Nena

    At this moment in time, any attempt to save the environment is truly appreciated. I thank Avinash Sosale and Dr. Krithi Karanth for their thoughtful initiative. As people drink coffee let them also be reminded that animals are awesome.
    Thank you for sharing this, Damyanti.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Yes, Peter, initiatives like this fill me with hope and that’s why I thought of sharing it.

  13. lizhartz

    Thanks for sharing the news about this wildlife friendly coffee, Damyantie. I want to support this initiative by buying beans for my coffee-loving sweetheart, assuming they export their coffee? And thanks for commenting on my post!

  14. hilarymb

    Hi Damyantie – love that the name of the Western Ghats mountains – The Benevolent Mountains – ties in so well with this amazing initiative … and all initiatives which look for new ways of helping small suppliers and communal growers are so deserving of our cause. the Mission statement of keeping the growing area wildlife friendly, reduce deforestation, minimize the usage of chemical inputs, implement good labour practices and at the same incentivize the process for the farmers – just makes so much sense in this day and age. Cheers Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas

      It absolutely does, Hilary. Thanks for your comment– I’m planning to order this coffee and will update this thread on its quality.

    • Damyanti Biswas

      Wonderful, Roshan. I hope you like their coffees. If the coffee is good, maybe this brand would flourish and spread a great message at the same time.

  15. Pradita Kapahi

    I’ve seen this one somewhere, but I had no idea that Agora was an Indian brand of coffee. Their mission statement does sound very encouraging. They are attempting a daunting but laudable task. Thank you for bringing this story to us, Damyanti.

  16. datmama4

    This is a wonderful initiative to preserve nature while still providing COFFEE, which will always get my vote. Good find, Damyanti!

    • Damyanti Biswas

      You’re welcome, Linda. I hope you choose them if you’re ever in the mood for specialty coffee.