Coffee was introduced to Araku in the early 1900’s from neighbouring Pamuleru Valley, and in 2007, Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers Mutually Aided Cooperative Society, a coffee farmer cooperative formed with assistance from The Naandi Foundation.
A state-of-the-art Coffee Processing Unit was set up in Araku, fully equipped with latest machinery such as coffee pulpers. Naandi in association with Araku Originals Private Limited, a connected for-profit social enterprise, is also the first in the country to receive global accreditation as a Speciality Coffee Association Premier Training Campus offering courses on green coffee, barista skills, brewing, and roasting, along with authorized SCA trainers.
Coffee for this Region is chosen when the cherry is a deep crimson red by the 550 farmers that contribute to the Paderu Mandal. Dried on a mixture of raised beds and solar mechanical facilities, cherries are covered at night with fine cloth to protect from any additional moisture.