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.
We are extremely excited and honored to announce that our Robusta Kaapi Royale from Sethuraman Estate has been certified as the very first Fine Robusta or ‘R’ Coffee by the Coffee Quality Institute.
The official announcement is as follows:
LONG BEACH, CA (March 6, 2012) – Sethuraman Estate’s Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) has become the first Robusta coffee certified by the Coffee Quality Institute’s R Coffee System. In a blind evaluation performed last month, the coffee achieved a score of 82.76 to receive the first R Certificate issued in the organization’s recently launched Fine Robusta initiative.
“CQI’s mission is to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it, including those who grow Robusta,” commented CQI Executive Director Ted Lingle. “Robusta farmers have not enjoyed the higher coffee prices of the past several years, as low (or no) standards for Robusta coffees have rendered them an inferior substitute for their Arabica cousins,” he continued. “The R Coffee System was established to set an industry standard and independently identify high quality Robustas so that these coffees may receive the acknowledgment and market differentiation they deserve.”
In a process similar to the industry standard Q Coffee System, R Coffees are evaluated by three Licensed R Graders under the Coffee Quality Institute’s R Grading System at CQI or one of its authorized In-Country Partners. Coffees successfully meeting the standards to be considered Fine Robusta as defined by the Fine Robusta standards receive an R Certificate. Those that do not meet the minimum requirements receive a technical report.
“We are truly honored to receive the first quality certificate for a Robusta coffee from CQI,” said Sethuraman Estate Managing Partner Nishant Gurjer. “This is not only an important achievement for the people of Sethuraman Estate, it is a historic moment for all Robusta coffee growers. We hope that this program will go far to change Robusta’s reputation in the specialty coffee industry and to inspire all Robusta farmers to improve quality.”
Arabica and Robusta coffees certified by CQI are listed in the Q Coffee database at http://www.coffeeinstitute.org along with a copy of each certificate and compiled scores from the evaluation.
You can see the R Certificate and scoresheet on the CQI website, here. We will keep you apprised of future certifications and the progress of the program, which we expect will do great things to help quality of Robusta coffee everywhere.