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Sethuraman Estates at La Marzocco espresso event

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R. Miguel Meza of Isla Custom Coffees will feature Sethuraman Estates coffees at a presentation and tasting event of Hawaiian and Indian coffees on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 1-4:00 PM PDT at the La Marzocco facility in Seattle. Learn all about Miguel and read event details from this post to Sprudge.com or the tasting event’s Facebook page.

Indian robusta bowls over Boston roasters

Hindu Business Line

A quick look back at the Emerging Market: India feature discussion held at this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition in Boston in The Hindu BusinessLine.

BANGALORE MAY 21:

Indian robusta coffees have been received well at the Specialty Coffee Association of America meet held recently at Boston, US.

“With Boston being in close proximity to major coffee roasters in the US, the event was attended by a sizeable crowd,” Jawaid Akhtar, Chairman, Coffee Board told Business Line.

“Robustas are generally known to be harsh, but when American roasters tested our coffees, they were amazed to discover the mildness and aroma of Indian coffees,” he said.

The Coffee Board had taken up space at the specialty coffee association and visitors tasted liquid coffee, instead of coffee samples from different regions.

At the event, a session on “Emerging Markets in Specialty Coffee: India” was also held to educate the US roasters. The one-hour session mainly focused on why specialty coffee needs Indian robustas. The session was attended by about 70 roasters from the North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Sunalini Menon, CEO, Coffeelab Ltd, talked about the distinct characteristics of Indian coffee and coffee growers’ representative Nishant Gurjer, Partner, Kaapi Royale Coffee, and Chairman of Karnataka Planters’ Association (KPA), spoke about the farm practices of cultivating coffee in India. The moderator of the event was Andrew Hetzel, consultant, CafeMakers.

The Indian delegation had, besides the Coffee Board Chairman and the KPA Chairman, quality control expert Sunalini Menon, M.P. Devaiah of Allana Sons, Bharat Mandanna of BBTC, Jacob Mammen of Bhadra Group, Kurien who was representing Small Coffee Growers Association, Kerala, and US coffee trader Joseph John.

For the last three to four years, the Coffee Board has been focussing on the US market. “Roasters in US are increasingly using robustas in their blends, it is here we are focusing our attention to penetrate the most important market in the world,” said Gurjer.

Creating awareness of the Indian coffee in the US has led to gaining some ground in the market. Indian coffee exports to US are currently averaging at around 6,000 tonnes and is the 14th important market. Exports have doubled in the last five years. In 2008-09 exports stood at 2,556 tonnes.

Crop to Cup Coffee Importers to Bring First R Certified Coffee to America

Crop to Cup Coffee

Breaking news: Crop to Cup Coffee Importers will be bringing our R Certified(tm) RKR and other coffee to the U.S.A. beginning next month. If you are in Portland for the SCAA Exposition, please come by and meet us at booth #6100 and taste all of our coffees in the Cupping Exchange Rm B117 on Saturday morning from 10:00 until 11:30.

CHICAGO (April 19, 2012) – Crop to Cup Coffee Importers has signed an agreement with Kaapi Royale Coffee of Karnataka, India to import the world’s first Robusta coffee certified by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) into the United States. An initial shipment including the R Certified(TM) Sethuraman Estate Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) will be available at Crop to Cup’s warehouse facilities in metropolitan New York and Chicago beginning in late May.

“As a company whose mission is to import, broker and roast high quality sustainable relationship coffees, we’ve really found ourselves in close alignment with Kaapi Royale Coffee and the Sethuraman Estate,” stated Crop to Cup company co-founder Taylor Mork. “Fine Robusta coffees are not yet widely available or well known, but thanks in part to organizations like CQI, interest has been steadily growing in recent years. We look forward to introducing America’s better coffee roasters and consumers to a new generation of fine Robusta coffees never before thought possible.”

“Most Robusta coffees produced around the world fall far short of acceptable quality,” admits Kaapi Royale Coffee Managing Partner and proud sixth-generation Robusta farmer Nishant Gurjer. “We are excited to lead the charge for change and show coffee buyers from around the world what is possible from good Robusta coffee when workers, land and plants are given the care and proper attention -the opportunity for success- that they deserve. Crop to Cup Coffee is a perfect partner to represent our coffee and our message.”

The R Certified(TM) Sethuraman Estate RKR and others will be available to sample at the Specialty Coffee Association of America Exposition, Kaapi Royale Coffee booth #6100 and at the cupping exchange room B117 on Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

For additional information or to discuss availability of these and other coffees, visit the Crop to Cup Coffee website at http://www.croptocup.com.

See us at the Seoul Cafe Show 2011

Seoul Cafe Show 2011

Come see us in Korea at the 10th International Seoul Cafe Show at Coex exposition center, November 24-27. Look for us at the Coffee Board of India exhibit, we will have samples from the 2010-2011 season and will be discussing plans for the 2011-2012 harvest that is just about to get underway.

See you in Seoul!

Kaapi Royale to Introduce Coffee in Conversion at SCAA

HOUSTON, TX (April 7, 2011) – Kaapi Royale Coffee will unveil samples of its first crop of coffee in conversion, named Nisarga, at the Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition later this month in Houston.

“Coffee in conversion” is an independently audited designation given to coffees that are grown using organic and/or biodynamic practices, but have not yet completed a prerequisite 3 year crop cycle necessary to be certified, labeled and sold as organic.

“Nisarga is the Sanskrit word for nature,” said Nishant Gurjer, Managing Partner of Kaapi Royale Coffee. “We take steps each season to make our Sethuraman Estate farm ever-increasingly environmentally friendly,” notes Gurjer. “Our coffee is all shade grown, uses 100% of our own worm-compost fertilizer and we recently deployed highly efficient new pulping equipment that will save thousands of gallons of processing water each year – a block of certified organic and biodynamic coffee is the natural next step.”

Nisarga coffee in conversion can be sampled at the Kaapi Royale Coffee booth #805 during exhibit floor hours April 28 – May 1 at SCAA’s Event held in Houston, Texas’ George R. Brown Convention Center.

2011 India Origin Tour Announcement

Sethuraman Estate India

Kaapi Royale Coffee announces the January 2011 return of our annual origin tour to India’s exotic coffee growing regions for coffee professionals, this year adding Coorg to an expanded 5-day itinerary.

The event begins on Tuesday, January 11th 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 Wednesday morning with a welcome meeting hosted by the Coffee Board of India, followed by lunch and a drive by chartered bus to Chikmagalur. Wednesday evening will be spent at the colonial Kadur Club in Chikmagalur.

On Thursday, January 13, the tour continues to Magundi in the Chikmagalur region, home of Kaapi Royale’s award-winning Sethuraman Estate farms. Participants will take a guided walking tour of Sethuraman Estate, other farms in the region and processing facilities at the height of the bustling coffee harvest.

Friday morning will begin with a sunrise breakfast on the farm, followed by the organized cupping of numerous coffees from the locations visited the previous day and from other farms from around India. That afternoon, the tour will continue to nearby tea plantations and visit an exotic forest with native wildlife.

On Saturday, January 15th, the tour turns north to explore Coorg, a burgeoning coffee growing region that is referred to as the “Scotland of India” by British colonialists for its green hills and lush forests.

Before returning to Bangalore from Coorg on Sunday, January 16th, the group will visit world famous Mysore Palace, a place of architectural beauty and historical significance with temples dating back to the late 14th century.

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, 2010.

Availability is limited to 9 attendees plus 1 seat reserved for 2010 Kaapi Royale Challenge winner Craig Dickson of Melbourne Australia’s Veneziano Coffee.

To make your reservations or if you have any questions please contact Andrew Hetzel in the USA at +1 (336) 443-0290 or by email.

You can see photos of the 2010 Kaapi Royale Coffee Origin Tour on our Facebook Page.

Kaapi Royale Coffee Invites Cup Tasters to Win an India Origin Trip at SCAA

The Kaapi Royale Coffee Challenge returns to this year’s Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition in California at the Anaheim Convention Center April 16th-18th. One Challenge Champion will be awarded a trip to join Kaapi Royale Coffee on their annual harvest origin tour.

All coffee professionals are invited to take the Challenge, a test of skill where participants must correctly identify the species of three Indian coffee samples by taste; bonus points will be awarded to those who can additionally identify the method of processing for those coffees or cultivars. Cuppings will be held in the SCAA exposition at the Kaapi Royale Coffee booth (#2413) during show hours. Advance registration is not required and there is no fee to participate. One winner selected from all top-scoring entries collected will be announced on Sunday, April 18th.

The Kaapi Royale Challenge Champion will receive an invitation to join Kaapi Royale Coffee in India for a 4-day guided farm tour during the 2011 coffee harvest season beginning this December. Roundtrip air transportation to Bangalore, local accommodations, meals and ground transportation within India will be provided; some restrictions and availability requirements may apply.

Event information:

Specialty Coffee Association of America Exposition
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Booth #2413, Kaapi Royale Coffee

Show and event hours:

Friday, April 16th Noon to 5:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 17th Noon to 5:30 P.M.
Sunday, April 18th Noon to 4:00 P.M.

We hope to see you there!