Sethuraman Estates Awarded 2nd and 3rd Q Robusta™ Certificates

Congratulations to our friend and coffee producer Nishant Gurjer, on receiving Coffee Quality Institute certification for two new coffees from Sethuraman Estates as being the 2nd and 3rd Q Robusta(tm) coffees.

Here is a reprint of the press release outlining all the details…

BANGALORE (July 2,3 2013) – Two new Robusta coffees from Sethuraman Estates have become the second and third coffees obtaining Q Robusta™ certification by the Coffee Quality Institute.  Sethuraman Estates’ 2013 Robusta Kaapi Royale (RKR) and RKR Peaberry join the farm’s 2012 RKR crop to remain the only Robusta coffee farm meeting the program’s rigorous standards for fine quality thus far.

“We are stunned and extremely honored to have been recognised as producing the only certified Fine Robusta coffees in the world for a second year,” stated Gurjer.  “Furthermore, within India, domestic green grading standards stipulate that peaberry coffees are inferior to others, which we have long believed is not the case from our independent tastings.  It is very exciting to see our own results validated by an independent panel of international experts.”

In a process similar to industry standard Q grading for Arabica varieties, Q Robusta™ Coffees are evaluated by three Licensed Q Robusta™ graders under the Coffee Quality Institute’s Q System by one of its authorized In-Country Partners.  Coffees successfully meeting program standards to be considered Fine Robusta receive a Q Robusta™ certificate.  Those that do not meet the minimum requirements receive a technical report but are not listed in on the institute’s website.

Arabica and Robusta coffees certified by CQI are listed in the Q Coffee database at along with a copy of each certificate and compiled scores from the evaluation.

About Kaapi Royale Coffee
Kaapi Royale Coffee of Magundi in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India, exports specialty Indian coffees and is the exclusive representative of Sethuraman Estate coffees.  Sethuraman Estate is the producer of the world’s first Q Robusta™ certified coffee (Sethuraman Estate Robusta Kaapi Royale), 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


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