Flavor of India at COTECA
From left, Purnesh DM, Dr. Vidhu Nair, council-general of India, presenting thank-you gifts to international jury members of the Fine Cup Awards
Coffee cuppers evaluated the best of 277 samples of fine Indian coffee just prior to COTECA. Prizes were later awarded nationally and for the best regional coffees in several categories.
Top among the 87 arabica contestants was Banglaore’s Badra Jagalikal Estate for its SLN-4 (Agaro). Badnekhan Estate in Chikmagalur was named top specialty arabica for its Parchment Bulk SLN 9 varietal. The best robusta was awarded to Harley ‘B’ Estate in Sakaleshpura Taluk, Karnataka for its “AB” Old Peredenia. A Kaapi Royal Organic Robusta Peredenia from Devaracadoo Estate in South Kodagu was named the best specialty robusta.
The Coffee Board of India annually presents The Fine Cup Award trophy to encourage excellence in a country with a well-established reputation in the production of both arabica and robusta.
A national jury narrowed the competition to 62 arabica and 54 robusta samples. A panel of 13 international judges selected the best tasting coffee in the final round in Hamburg. The 41 highest scoring samples were then tasted by judges that included cuppers from some of the largest and best-known coffee companies in the world.
Coffee Region: CHIKMAGALUR
Best Arabica: M.S.& Kotordie Estates
Best Robusta: Netrakonda Estate
Coffee Region: NILGIRIS
Best Arabica: Silver Cloud Estate
Coffee Region: BILIGIRIES
Best Arabica: Attikan Estate
Best Robusta: Mylemoney Estate
Coffee Region: COORG Suntikoppa Estate
Best Arabica: Yemmigoondi Estate
Coffee Region: BABABUDABGIRIS
Best Arabica: Badra Bettadakhan Estate
Coffee Region: MANJARABAD
Best Arabica: Ubban Estate - Baghya Estate
Best Robusta: Ubban Estate
Coffee Region: PULNEYS
Best Arabica: Regis Estate
Coffee Region: ARAKKU VALLEY
Best Arabica: Minimuluru Estate
Coffee Region: ANAMALAIS
Best Arabica: Valparai Estate
Best Robusta: Valparai Estate
Coffee Region: SHEVAROYS
Best Arabica: Moon Estate
Best Robusta: Manamboli Estate Valparai
Regional winners, by category include:
Fine Cup Award Judges: Klaus Langen, Langen Kaffe; Stefan Richer, Berliner Keffeerosterei Giest; Alexander Marcks, Benecke Coffee, Hamburg; Tim Albrecht, J J Darboven; Stella Freiling, Interamerican Coffee; Thomas Luttmann, Heinrich Christen; Alfons Schramer, Mondo del Caffe; AndreasWessel – Ellermann, Speicherstadt Keffeerosterei; Thimo Drews, Speicherstadt Keffeerosterei; Alexander Pfuhl, Benecke Coffee, Hamburg; Sebastian Breuer, Elbgold Rostkaffee; Sunalini Menon, Coffeelab, India and K. Basavaraj, Coffee Board of India