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Kaapi Royale Coffee Dominates October 2009 Coffee Review

Bangalore (October 6, 2009) – Coffees from Kaapi Royale Coffee of Magundi, India received three of the four highest cupping scores awarded in the October 2009 edition of Coffee Review.

“India provides some of the world’s most valuable coffee types for espresso blends, yet these same exotic coffee types are seldom offered as single origins,” wrote veteran reviewer Ken Davids in his summary of October’s reviews. “On the other hand, the majestic, deeply forested old India coffee estates do produce quietly distinctive Arabicas capable of pleasing even the most purist of coffee drinkers.”

Top-scoring Kaapi Royale coffees included a Selection 9 pulped natural Arabica (91 points) submitted by roaster Miguel Meza of Hawaii, a natural processed Arabica (90 points) from Zingerman’s Coffee Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Sethuraman Estate’s Mandarin CxR Cogenesis into Robusta (89 points) from Paradise Roasters of Minnesota.

The October edition of Coffee Review is available online at http://www.coffeereview.com. For more information about Kaapi Royale Coffee or the January 2010 Kaapi Royale origin tour to India, visit https://indiancoffee.wordpress.com or contact Andrew Hetzel of Cafemakers at +1 (336) 443-0290.

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.

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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.

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.