Koraput: In an effort to promote ‘Koraput Coffee’ in national and international market, a mini-coffee curing unit was inaugurated here in Odisha on Thursday.
Koraput MLA Raghuram Padal officially inaugurated the coffee curing unit under the brand ‘Koraput Coffee’.
‘Koraput Coffee’ is an initiative of the district administration’s coffee development trust with financial assistance from the Tribal development cooperative corporation (TDCC) and technical assistance from the central coffee board.
Officials said coffee beans will be procured from the tribal and non-tribal growers of the district and other parts of the state and the whole coffee will be cured in the mini-curing unit.
“Roasting, grinding, packaging and branding of the coffee beans will be done by the administration in collaboration with the TDCC,” said Koraput Collector Madhusudan Mishra.
The Collector added that steps will be taken to establish specially designed coffee brewing outlets at the prominent towns of the state in the brand name of ‘Koraput Coffee’.
Officials said, a departmental survey has found that at least 1,45,170 hectares of land in the district is suitable for coffee plantation. But presently, only 1467 hectares is under coffee plantation.