Thalanar Estate is home to the Deep Purple Project, an experiment undertaken via collaboration between the farmers, Project Origin and Divisadero in El Salvador. Upon seeing the families living there lacking in many resources, this initiative was purposed to improve infrastructure, quality of life and improve coffee worldwide.
The farm has a variety of different plants to provide shade for their coffee trees, these include cardamom, pepper, mulberry, orange trees, with the main shade trees being Silver Oak (which also helps to reduce leaf rust), Gum Trees, eucalyptus, and bananas (while the tree is young). Pepper, Eucalyptus and jackfruit trees are also used for shade for mature coffee trees, while bananas and cardamom are used for the younger ones. The farm is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife; leopards, monkeys, bison, and elephants all live in the area.
In this experiment, dark cherries are selectively picked and sorted, before being dried at a higher altitude in 30cm-thick spreads on African beds. The result is a very clean, natural process coffee that has scored higher than any other coffee the farm has ever produced.