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2009 Kaapi Royale Challenge Winners

We had an exciting few days of action at this year’s SCAA show in Atlanta! The turnout was higher than anticipated and we received numerous positive comments about the Kaapi Royale Challenge competition — enough for us to already begin planning to do it again next year. We may even dream up some sort of new event that will take place sometime in between now and then, so stay tuned.

Without further ado, I’m pleased to announce our 3 winners for 2009:
Kaapi Royale Coffee Announces 2009 Challenge Results:

ATLANTA, GA (April 22, 2009) – Rob Forsyth of Forsyth Coffee (Australia), Allen Leibowitz of Zingerman’s Coffee Company (USA) and Geoff Watts of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (USA) are the winners of the 2009 Kaapi Royale Challenge.

All three gentlemen were able to correctly identify the species of 3 coffee samples as either Robusta or Arabica in a blind cupping held on Friday, April 17th concurrent with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual exposition in Atlanta.

Winners will receive invitations to join Kaapi Royale in India for a 4-day guided farm tour of Karnataka’s Chikmagalur coffee growing region during the 2010 harvest season this December. Accommodations, meals and ground transportation between Bangalore and Chikmagalur will be provided.

“We were excited by the enthusiasm shown by all of our participants,” said Nishant Gurjer, Managing Partner of Kaapi Royale Coffee. “We were additionally very interested by the overall results of our blind cupping, which showed that only 1 in 6 experienced cuppers could correctly distinguish our high quality Indian Robusta from a comparably high quality Arabica coffee. We believe that industry this will go far to help dispel the myth that all Robustas are inferior to other species.”

The next Kaapi Royale Challenge will be held in May 2010 at the 22nd annual SCAA conference in Anaheim, California.

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Interviews from the 2009 Kaapi Royale Challenge

It was a busy few days in Atlanta, but we’re back home and sorting through all of the information that came out of the event. Please be sure to check out the video interview that was done by Rob Forsyth at the event for his Iron Barista website:

Kaapl Royale at SCAA

Last minute SCAA instructions

Salon I at the Embassy Suites hotel is now setup for our cupping and the Kaapi Royale Challenge! Please stop in anytime from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday. Ground floor in the main lobby, just look for the electronic or printed sign that says Kaapi Royale Coffee.

When coming from the GWCC (convention center) bear left leaving the main SCAA entrance or straight ahead out of the WBC entrance and look for the green Embassy Suites logo directly ahead. You can get an aerial perspective of the layout from our map.

Stairs on the left-hand side of the Omni hotel lead you down the the street level, then walk across to the Embassy Suites main lobby.

Estimated walk time is only 5 minutes, so feel free to drop in at your convenience throughout the day.

Organized cuppings of all the coffees will be run every 2 hours beginning at 9:00 AM, but will also be available on-demand. If you have any questions questions, call me directly anytime at +1 (808) 990-8717 or reply by email.

On Saturday afternoon at the Nuova Simonelli booth #233 beginning at 4:00 PM, we will have the same coffees from the cupping available as single origin espresso shots and also announce the Challenge winners at 5:00 PM.

We’ll see you there!

Atlanta map to our event at SCAA

scaa-map

We’ve had a few people ask about the specific location of the Embassy Suites hotel in relation to the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta, so please feel free to print out and take along this map as a guide. As you’ll see, the event on Friday, 17th is about a 5 minute walk from the main entrance of the convention center, so stop by anytime.

You can also download a complete map of the campus or downtown atlanta area from the GWCC website.

Sethuraman Sitara Mandarin from Kaapi Royale Coffee Receives 90 Point Review

BERKLEY, CALIF. (April 8, 2009)Sethuraman Estate has received a 90-point score out of a possible 100 for its Sethuraman Sitara Mandarin coffee from veteran coffee reviewer Ken Davids of Coffee Review. The score is the second highest given by an Indian Robusta single origin coffee; the highest scoring coffee, with 94 points, was another produced by Sethuraman Estate.

Coffee Review founder Ken Davids describes the flavor as “Deep aroma: sweet nut, hints of orange, toast and vanilla. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel and pungent flavors of cedar, more orange and caramel, toasted grains and a hint of flowers.”

The Sitara Mandarin reviewed was roasted by Paradise Roasters of Minnesota and is available for retail sale as a member of its S.O. or single origin espresso collection.

The Sethuraman Sitara will be available for tasting by industry professionals on Friday, April 17, 2009 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Kaapi Royale Coffee SCAA hospitality suite in the Embassy Suites hotel, adjacent to the 2009 Specialty Coffee of America Exposition in Atlanta. Admission to the hospitality suite is free and advance registration is not required, but recommended.

For more information about the Sethuraman Sitara Mandarin or to RSVP for the tasting event, call Andrew Hetzel at +1 (808) 990-8717 or visit the Facebook event page.

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. For more information, visit the Kaapi Royale Coffee website.

Rains continue to fall in Magundi

When it rains, it pours! As the rains continue to fall in Magundi, we’ve been busily getting ready to leave for the SCAA show in Atlanta.

Frogs play in the irrigation ditches

Frogs play in the irrigation ditches

Another 4″ of rain fell in the past week, in addition to 2″ the prior week. The timing is still very good, making the manual irrigation efforts that are normal this time of year less necessary.

Liming operations will commence shortly to ensure optimum soil pH levels.

Kaapi Royale to Announce Challenge Winners in Nuova Simonelli SCAA Booth

Atlanta, GA (March 31, 2009) – Results of the 2009 Kaapi Royale Challenge will be announced on Saturday, April 18th at 5:00 PM in the Nuova Simonelli booth #233 at the Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition in Atlanta, GA.

All are invited to taste the same coffees used in the Challenge as espresso on any of Nuova Simonelli’s industry leading commercial espresso machines from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM.

Winners will receive invitations to join Kaapi Royale in India for a 4-day guided farm tour of Karnataka’s Chikmagalur coffee growing region during the 2010 harvest season this December. Accommodations, meals and ground transportation between Bangalore and Chikmagalur will be provided.

All parties interested to participate or sample coffees exported by Kaapi Royale are welcome to visit the Kaapi Royale hospitality suite at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Salon 1, anytime between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, April 17th directly adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center in Centennial Olympic Park.

Participants do not need to be present at the winning announcement to win.

For additional information about the event or Kaapi Royale Coffee, please contact Andrew Hetzel of Cafemakers at +1 (808) 990-8717.

About Nuova Simonelli

Nuova Simonelli S.p.A. is an industry leader in the production of high quality commercial espresso machines and related equipment. Nuova Simonelli has been manufacturing espresso machines in Belforte del Chienti, Italy since 1936, and today has a worldwide reputation for reliability and innovation. In 2009 – 2011 the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia is the Official Espresso Machine Sponsor for the World Barista Championship. For more information, please visit the Nuova Simonelli website.

About Kaapi Royale Coffee

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 two-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. For more information, visit our website.