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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.

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.

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.

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!

Kaapi Royale Challenge at SCAA in Atlanta

Kaapi Royale is hosting a tasting event and hospitality suite for coffee industry professionals attending the 2009 Specialty Coffee Association of America exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Friday, April 17 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, coffee cuppers are invited to take the Kaapi Royale Challenge, a test of skill where participants must correctly identify the species of 3 Indian coffee samples as either Arabica or Robusta. Advance registration is not required.

Three winners selected from all correct entries collected will be announced on Saturday, April 18 at the exposition.

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.

In addition to the contest, organized cuppings will be led every 2 hours starting at 9:00 AM. Those who wish to learn more about the coffees of India are encouraged to visit at his or her leisure throughout the day.

Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park (map)
Salon I
Between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM