In 1670, a mystic saint by the name of Baba Budan brought back exactly seven coffee beans from his pilgrimage to Mecca and planted them on the mountains of the Western Ghats in India. The Western Ghats is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots. For a long period, the coffee plants remained in the backyard gardens of Indigenous communities.
It was during the 18th century that commercial plantations of coffee emerged. Our founder Dr. Pete Poovanna's forefather, along with other Indigenous Peoples started cultivating eco-friendly coffee on land gifted to him by the last king of Coorg in India. Pete's ancestors had an intricate relationship with the land and animals. Their spiritually-rooted practices called "sacred grove farming" ensured that not a tree was felled nor a creature harmed within the boundaries of the farm. Even after six generations, his family continues this traditional farming technique while providing a natural habitat for a multitude of birds and animals to thrive alongside coffee beans.
In 2013, our founder moved to Canada to pursue a PhD. in Sustainable Engineering. He was surprised to witness Canada's love for coffee and started to realize how our addiction is affecting the environment. For every cup of coffee we consume, it is almost certain that one square inch of rainforest is destroyed. Deforestation not only decreases biodiversity but also displaces Indigenous Peoples. As the environment crisis deepens, he saw a potential solution in transforming the coffee economy to become sustainable. Therefore, Forest Bean Inc. was started with the core mission to inspire and foster harmony between people and nature by celebrating rich biodiversity, Indigenous culture, and the taste of Indian coffee. We are committed to creating a global brand of premium coffee that enhances biodiversity and forms partnerships with local Indigenous Peoples.
To create a global brand of premium coffee that enhances biodiversity and forms partnerships with local Indigenous Peoples.
To inspire and foster harmony between people and nature by celebrating rich biodiversity, culture, and the taste of Indian coffee.