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Situated on the crown of a knoll, Coffee Routes is serene nature getaway that draws inspiration from the dictum that less is more and that nature must be allowed to thrive unfettered.The predominant theme is that of coffee with the names of the rooms and facilities named after different species of coffee plants and varieties of coffee. A tarmac road winds up the slope. An open to the air lobby is situated beside the road. Inside the seats are hewn from rock found in the area. Above the lobby is the resorts multi cuisine restaurant with a splendid view of the surrounding vegetation, a plain stretching up to the mountains in the distance. The path climbs further on to a block of rooms built over two floors. Inside the decor and furnishings are subtle with cotton fabrics, bamboo, wood and cane. All the rooms have balconies with views of the landscaped slope, the trees in a neighboring plantation and on one end views of a swimming pool and a stone paved tank fed by a natural spring. Outside, adjacent to the main block, on one edge of the knoll is a cluster of twin floored cottages overlooking the swimming pool and tank below. The view from the balconies in the cottages is truly stunning, looking down at the pool on one end and across a stretch of fields, the distant mountains on the other.
Coffee Routes is located in an area that has been exclusively zoned for plantations and nature reserves ensuring that the surroundings remain pristine. The 4 acre property has been designed so that only 1.5 acres is built up space with the landscape contain a fascinating variety of trees, flowering and medicinal plants adhering to the 'Star Forest' concept that defines a tree for every star in the astrological constellations.Coffee Routes is indeedan authentic experience of nature the way nature meant it to be.
The promoters of Coffee Routes are both from fourth generation families settled in Kumily. They bear childhood memories of a time before the reduction of forest cover, a certain degree of urbanization and the subsequent diminishing species of flora and fauna. Intimately familiar with forests and culture of the area, both Mr.Bala and Mr.Murali are passionate advocates of environment conservation and sustainable lifestyles. The profusion of trees and plants in Coffee Routes is a result of their labor of love.
Coffee is brewed from the roasted or baked seeds of several species of an evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea. Coffee plants are cultivated in more than 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried to yield the seeds inside. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor, before being ground and brewed to create coffee.The two most common sources of coffee beans are the highly regarded Coffea Arabica and Robusta form of the hardier Coffeacanephora.