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!
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.
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.
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!
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.