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.
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.
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!