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As History tells us, it is the Arab Connections that led to the mushrooming of the coffee industry in India. The story goes like this a pilgrim known as Baba Budan, also known as Hazarat Shah Janab Allah Magatabi smuggled seven seeds of coffee from Mecca while he was on a pilgrimage. The first seeds were sown about 350 years ago on the slopes of Baba Budan Giri Hills in Chikmagalur. The seer sowed these seeds in his garden near a cave in Chandragiri.
The Hills was called Chandra Drona in old age and is now called Baba Budan Giri after the seer. Mysore Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar III gave away lands and established norms for growing coffee in India. Even Tipu Sultan gave inam and rent-free lands to farmers to grow coffee.
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