It was in June 2008, three of us acted like multi-millionaires as we started planning to buy coffee plantation.
Let me explain where it triggered from. I bought a farm land in 2006 in Tamil Nadu (As I cannot afford any other type of land in Bangalore or Chennai because of the soaring costs, farmland was the only option for gardening, building a cottage, weekend getaway or a retreat home). The marketing firm promised that this deal comes with plantation which they will take care for five years – The typical pitch that my younger self could not resist, little realizing the hassles were too many!
As this happened over a decade back, one can imagine the patience level I had at that age. It was like this – We sow the seeds today and we want the plants tomorrow and the fruits the day after. With the Tamil Nadu farmland, that was remotely a possibility.
I now wanted to buy something with ready plantation. As I was bankrupt already, I checked with a couple of my contacts with the idea I was toying – Buying a coffee plantation.
The plan was basically to visit a couple of them to gather more information and then decide if we can afford it in the first place and how to split both - the investment and the responsibilities. So we set out to this place called Madikeri, also known as Mercara -roughly 260 kms away from Bangalore
We three made it a purely business trip which means the cost we incur will be taken as investment in the project – So we had to do away with cars, hotels or any luxury style travel.
This was a trip of many firsts.