Lekali means 'Highlands' or 'Mountains' and describes the geography around Bhirkune Village. Truly pioneers in coffee and in their community, these farmers go above and beyond in every way. For example, they use a refractometer to measure the Brix level on each cherry before picking. Due to the recent success and discovery of the true quality of each cup Lekali estate is finding it needs more land, better yeilds and hopefully an absence of earthquakes.
In 1938, a hermit named Hira Giri bought some coffee seeds from Sindhu Province of Myanmar and planted them in Aapchour of Gulmi District for the first time in Nepal. Then it spread from one farmer to another as a peculiar ornamental plant for the next four decades. It was only in the 1980s that coffee was finally considered to be a cash crop in Gulmi District. It has been gaining popularity as highland coffee in the international market and the area under cultivation is also increasing. Unfortunately, the cost of doing business in Nepal is as high as the Himalayas, but with the price comes unparalleled flavor and quality. These costs come from limited land, expensive labor and logistics, lots of red tape, and inflation. The industry is still rebuilding after the 2015 earthquake, but a few farmers have come back with commitment stronger than before.