It was the year 2015; Anish was just starting his Bachelor’s study in Arts in Kathmandu. And like any other teenager with big dreams, he was trying to find his passion. During one of his holiday, he had visited his family in Bechhaur, which is a small secluded town in Western Nepal. He was returning after his brief visit on a gloomy Saturday afternoon when the ground beneath his foot trembled and rocks started to fall from the sky. It was the April 25, 2015 earthquake and he somehow survived it. However, his village didn’t.
Bechhaur was left in rubles but luckily there was no case of serious casualties. After few months as the aftershocks muted, Anish went back to Kathmandu. But he couldn’t concentrate on his studies. He needed money to support his family. So, he dropped out of his college and returned back home. He was clueless and was searching for options to earn money when he learned about coffee. After that, there was no turning back for him.
Coffee farming was a very new concept in Bechhaur and many didn’t know about its value and advantages. He explored it himself without any kind of proper training and soon he was hooked. The coffee he grew there with the help of his parents was of a very good quality. By selling the coffee, Anish and his family managed to become financially stable. And Anish found his passion: coffee.
Coffee made him interested in agriculture. Coffee farming also made him feel independent. Now he doesn’t want to leave his hometown anymore. He says, “It’s better to work hard on your own land doing what you love than to do a monotonous desk job in Kathmandu or hard labor work abroad. “He wants to inspire other youths to stay in their hometown explore the possibilities and find their passion like he did.”
He is 23 years old now and has been producing 700 kg of Arabica coffee. He also works as a coffee collector in Bechhaur and collects coffee from 25 households. He has planted coffee in more than 0.76311 Hectare and operated a nursery with approximately 8000 coffee plants.
Seeing the enthusiasm of the people of Bechhaur, Anish has high hopes for the future. He wants to organize programs to facilitate interested coffee farmers about the proper way of planting, growing, harvesting and pulping the coffee. He even wants to open a small coffee shop in his village. He also wants to bring in high drying mats and collaborate more with Karma coffee to put the coffee of Bechhaur as the best coffee in Nepal
Laywer by trade, Bishow’s true passion lies in coffee farming.‘Once a grade 4 student came to me with 5kg coffee cherries. I did not have money that day. The student started to cry so I asked him why he is crying. The boy confessed that his mom sent him to sell the cherries so that he can buy the books for studying but now he will not be able to buy the books. I was so touched by this boy and his strong will to learn but who could not afford to buy the books so I went to the village, took a loan and gave the boy the money.’ Through the extra income provided by his coffee farming he finances his three children’s education.
For the past 13 years, Sarita, her husband and their two sons have run their own guesthouse and coffee garden in Begnas. On our first visit to them, I immediately realized you could eat from the floor it was so clean. On a mission to find the woman behind this flawless space, I met Sarita. She is warmhearted, passionate and does everything with an amazing energy. I knew I had found a very special woman, one who acts in the background but is the real maker and changer in the family. A year ago, she walked suddenly into kar.ma coffee with her sister, bringing me the most delicious and rare coffee honey. She manages to provide work for the sisters around her village since village women have nothing to do for their income except to depend on their husband.
Dorje strongly believes that machines should be minimized in the processing of coffee in order to get the most flavor of the green beans. He advocates hiring woman to sort the beans to help them being independent.