Nagaland coffee among best in the world: Coffee expert

Nagaland coffee among best in the world: Coffee expert
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Kohima, March 5: Nagaland coffee has unique taste and it is among the best coffee produced in the world, said coffee expert from South Africa, Dr Pieter Vermeulen.
Dr Pieter, who has been working together with the State’s Land Resources Department as technical advisor for coffee cultivation since 2016, opined that being grown in the natural forest, Nagaland coffee has different flavour because of the different varieties of trees and also the organic nature.
Brazil is the biggest producer of coffee in the world, but it does not have the exceptional taste, whereas Naga coffee does, said Pieter while interacting with reporters in Kohima Wednesday night.
People are looking for specifics in coffee, which includes organic and Nagaland is famous for being organic, he said.
Secondly he said people looks for unique story and Nagaland has the history of headhunting, different tribes and their beautiful and colourful attires, so the European and African countries where people like stories would love to know the unique stories as they drink coffee.
Coffee brings sustainable development, he said while elaborating that people in the world are conscious of climate change and they don’t want destruction of the nature for plantations. Coffee plantation in Nagaland is not harming the nature as it is grown in the natural forest covers, he said.
It is not just about coffee but giving out the unique stories for which Nagaland has it all, he said.
Nagaland being a new coffee growing area adds to the marketability, he said, adding that all around the world lot of coffee producing companies are unable to produce it due to climate change.
All things are favourable to develop a new coffee growing area in the world and it is Nagaland, added Dr Pieter.
Having travelled to all the coffee farms located in Mon, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Kohima and Wokha, he said Nagaland has a very unique (coffee) product with beautiful story but the need of the hour is quality and quantity. He said the quality of coffee in every district is different because of the difference in climate.
Minister for Planning & Co-ordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu informed that Nagaland coffee is graded as Specialty Coffee A and B. He claimed that there is no problem to market coffee, and asked farmers to plant coffee in order to improve their economy.
Kronu also requested Dr Pieter to search market for honey. “Our land can be called a land of coffee and honey, which will attract outsiders to the State,” he said. The Minister was optimistic that coffee and honey production can boost the economy of the Naga people.
(Page News Service)