Kaapi Royale Coffee Announces 2010 India Origin Tour
Bangalore (September 24, 2009) – Kaapi Royale Coffee will host coffee professionals on a guided 5-day origin tour to India’s exotic Chikmagalur coffee growing region in Karnataka this January.
Availability is limited to 10 attendees, including 3 seats reserved for winners of the 2009 Kaapi Royale Challenge cup tasting competition held at the Specialty Coffee Association of America conference in Atlanta.
The event begins on Friday, January 8th in Bangalore with a welcome reception at the Bangalore Club, a grand English country club that has been one of India’s finest since being established in 1868. This centuries old institution has hosted numerous distinguished members, including Sir Winston Churchill.
After spending the evening in Bangalore, the trip will commence on Saturday morning with an organized drive to Chikmagalur, stopping with tours of scenic coffee farms in the lush valleys of the Bababudangiris region, thought to be the origin of all coffee in India. Saturday evening will be spent at the colonial Kadur Club in Chikmagalur.
On Sunday, January 10th, the tour continues to Magundi in the Chikmagalur region, visiting Kaapi Royale’s award-winning Sethuraman Estate farms, arguably the world’s top grower of fine specialty Robusta coffees. Participants will take a guided walking tour of Sethuraman, nearby Arabica farms and processing facilities at the height of the bustling coffee harvest.
Monday morning will begin with a sunrise breakfast on the farm, followed by the organized cupping of numerous coffees prepared in a range of processing methods from the locations visited in previous days and many other farms from around India. That afternoon, the tour will continue to nearby tea plantations and visit exotic forests with native wildlife.
On Tuesday, January 12th the tour returns to Bangalore, stopping at ancient temples and other historic sightseeing spots, arriving back at the Bangalore Club that evening.
A tour fee of US$995 per individual traveler or US$1,500 per rooming pair includes hotels, meals and ground transportation originating in Bangalore. Reservations for the available seats can be guaranteed with a US$250 nonrefundable deposit; all fees are due on or before December 1, 2009.
To make your reservations or if you have any questions please contact Andrew Hetzel of Cafemakers in Hawaii at +1 (808) 990-8717.
About Kaapi Royale
Kaapi Royale Coffee of Magundi in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India, exports fine Indian Arabica and Robusta coffees worldwide and is the exclusive representative of Sethuraman Estate coffees.
Sethuraman Estate is the three-time winner of “Best Robusta” in the Coffee Board of India’s Flavour of India competition and received the highest-ever rating for a Robusta coffee of 94 points from coffee reviewer Ken Davids of Coffee Review. For more information, visit https://indiancoffee.wordpress.com.