Date of Issue : 23 April 2017
Department of Posts released commemorative postage miniature sheet with the fragrance of Coffee on 23rd April 2017.
The Scented Coffee stamp was released yesterday at Meghdoot Auditorium, Bengaluru G.P.O by Nirmala Sitharaman along with the Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha,Former Chief Minister of Karnataka B. S. Yeddyurappa and Member of Parliament Shobha Karandlaje .
Coffee production in India is dominated in the hill tracts of South Indian states, with the state of Karnataka accounting 71% followed by Kerala 21% and Tamil Nadu 5% of production of 8,200 tonnes. Indian coffee is said to be the finest coffee grown in the shade rather than direct sunlight anywhere in the world. There are approximately 250,000 coffee growers in India.
Coffee trees are pruned short to conserve their energy and aid in harvesting, but can grow to more than 30 feet (9 meters) high. Each tree is covered with green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs. Coffee cherries grow along the branches. Because it grows in a continuous cycle, it’s not unusual to see flowers, green fruit and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree.
It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after first flowering, and about 5 years of growth to reach full fruit production. While coffee plants can live up to 100 years, they are generally the most productive between the ages of 7 and 20. Proper care can maintain and even increase their output over the years, depending on the variety. The average coffee tree produces 10 pounds of coffee cherry per year, or 2 pounds of green beans.
All commercially grown coffee is from a region of the world called the Coffee Belt. The trees grow best in rich soil, with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun.
Release of Commemorative Postage Stamp on Platinum Jubilee of Bharat Ratna Bhim Rao Ambedkar Institute of Telecom Training, Jabalpur
Date of Issue : 22 April 2017
: Suresh R. & Jagannath Mani - Bangalore