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    April 30th, 2016adminLeaders

    B A Harish and Lokeshwari Gopal were unanimously elected as the new president and vice- president of Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, here on Friday.

    Mysuru Regional Commissioner A M Kunjappa conducted the election at Old Ford Hall.
    The Zilla Panchayat president’s post was reserved for the candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste.

    Harish was elected to the post as he was the only candidate to file the nomination
    paper.

    Similarly, the nomination filed by Lokeshwari Gopal, was the only one, for the post of the vice president reserved for General category (Wo-man).

    Harish and Lokeshwari will be in office will April 28, 2021.

    Model district plan

    Harish said he will make efforts towards making Kodagu a model district and sought the cooperation of all Zilla Panchayat members in this connection.

    MLA MP Appacchu Ranjan, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Charulata Somal and the Zilla Panchayat members greeted Harish and Lokeshwari.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, April 30th, 2016

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    When Friedrich Durrenmatt once said “It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.” he quite simply put across the magic of a good cup of brewing coffee!

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    Fresh, strong, steaming hot and hassle-free service are some of the words which come to your mind when you think of coffee and vending serivces, and these very words are the part of Aromas of Coorg’s philosophy.

    In conversation with Abhilasha Dafria for YourStory, A.Chithra Uthappa, co-founder of Aromas of Coorg, tells us how they, at AOC, are full of fresh ideas, believe strongly in quality and customer satisfaction and have the best designed products for their customers so that they get the maximum value for their money.

    Afterall, science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break!

    Hi Chitra, tell us about yourself and an introduction to Aromas of Coorg

    Aromas of Coorg has been in business of Beverage solutions since 2009 & coffee cultivation for more than 3 decades. Our passion is to provide the most technology driven, innovative beverage solutions to both businesses and consumers.

    I, A.Chithra Uthappa, am the founder & Managing Director of Aromas of Coorg and I’m an MBA from MIT MAHE University, Manipal and B.B.M From Mysore University. I have worked with large corporates like Kotak Mahindra Bank, Aditya Birla Minacs and iSeva/e4e. All my corporate roles have been with fast growing sunrise industries and have played significant roles in building the businesses and growing the companies to the next level. In my last assignment with the start-up open2save, I was a key team member and was instrumental in setting up new business channels ground-up.

    Radhakrishnan M, my co-founder & Head of Operations is a seasoned professional with over a decade’s experience in large corporate before he set-up his own company, Aromas of Coorg. He has worked with large corporate like Dell, Infosys, Manpower Inc. etc and has extensive experience in building and managing businesses including sales, building teams and organizations. He is an MBA from Loyola College, Chennai and B.Sc. from Madras University.

    So what triggered this idea?

    There are four important factors that made our idea into a company, ie, My husband’s passion and support for my entrepreneurship, my son, our roots from Coorg and the corporate exposure.

    First and foremost, to become an entrepreneur was always the dream of my husband and me … this is what we wanted to be. I was on sabbatical for my child and during the break; I conceived the business idea too! We decided that this would be the right opportunity to start something on our own sitting at home. This is where it all started.
    We are basically from Coorg and we have been into coffee cultivation for more than three decades. This was the primary driver why we chose to build something unique in this space and we thought out of the box. Having worked with corporate for more than a decade we understand this world well and we were able to quickly identify the opportunity.

    Thus the birth of “Aromas of Coorg”, as we wanted our company to bear the name “Coorg” in some part and also wanted a name where our targeted customers can easily relate to it. Quite naturally the first thing that attracts anybody to any form of food is the “Aroma”. That is how we finalized on the name “Aromas of Coorg” and this also marked our entry into the beverage solutions for corporate, institutions, etc.

    Since when are you operational? How big is your team? Are you looking at hiring?

    We are fully operational since August 2009. We are currently a 40 member team. Yes, definitely, we are looking to strengthen our sales force and simultaneously our operational support staff will have to go hand in hand with every new client that gets added.

    What is your clientele like?

    We service range of clients like large corporate across multiple cities to a one location company as well. We have a well spread out client base across industries and geographies.

    Where are you based and where are your clients from?

    We are based in Bangalore and are currently supporting clients in Bangalore, Mysore, Tumkur, Nelamangala, Hosur and Chennai. However, we are not present in retail segment at this point of time.

    Where do you have your manufacturing units? Which cities do you provide the home-delivery services?

    Our manufacturing unit is also in Bangalore; currently we provide home delivery service only within Bangalore city limits.

    How does the supply chain work?

    We are currently able to manage the supply chain internally, our raw materials are procured from different locations and the respective vendors manage the supply chain of the respective products. All these products come to our processing units in Bangalore from where the supply of finished products to the respective clients is managed by full time employees of AOC. Machines are manufactured under our complete supervision.

    Did you fund-raise to start up? If not, are you looking at getting funded now?

    We used our personal money and angel money. We are looking to get funding for our future expansions.

    How does the revenue module work?

    We work both on variable and a fixed pricing model where clients can pay based on usage or based on usage+ a fixed monthly costs. The pricing model is designed with the motive of win-win for us and clients.

    So what were the challenges you faced while starting up? Tell me about your initial hurdles.

    First and foremost challenge was how to differentiate ourselves from the others; there were several big brands and more than enough small vendors. We really had to come up with a differentiator from the existing. This is the stage were we re-invented our traditional filter coffee. The wave of western form of coffee was so popular that everybody is racing towards the Cappuccino, Espresso, latte, etc.

    Timing was tough; given it was the time of deep recession, all around you there were companies going under losses, almost all the corporate were planning for major cost cutting, and so on. It was also very difficult for us to penetrate the companies with our new concept and service offerings.

    Of course our innovative thinking helped us make good inroads. We took this to our advantage and came up with our very own filter coffee which is truly Indian, especially south Indian, and presented to the corporate the first of its kind fully-automated Vending machines which serves authentic filter Coffee and freshly brewed Tea. In our very first Demo we knew that we hit the nail on the head with our concept.

    Are there other players in the market doing similar things? What are your key differentiators?

    Yes there are several big names in the market providing beverage service, Coffee day, Fresh & Honest, Tata Cafe, Hindustan lever, etc. Our USP is our focus on technology, our zeal to innovate and our relentless passion for quality. Our Vending machine is the first its kind which is fully automated to serve freshly brewed authentic filter Coffee & freshly brewed Tea on a single press of the button. We are the first company in India to build coffee vending machine with both HOT & COLD option in the same machine. We are looking at adding more features around quality assurance here.

    Our Coffee is a blend of six varieties of finest coffees beans hand picked from our own cultivation and we apply expert science, combined with traditional artistry, in order to maximize the flavor attributes of each roast. Our coffee roasting process is tuned to develop coffee flavors to the fullest for flavor profile, aroma and overall character in the cup. These factors make us the pioneers and front runners in providing the most hygienic and finest Coffee but at the same time affordable vending service provider in the market today.

    Can you share with us some interesting trends about the market that you are trying to capture?

    The market is looking for continuous innovation and personalization as much as possible.

    An interesting trend is enhanced customer awareness and focus on health drinks like badam milk, green tea, milk shakes, horlicks etc. In some clients these new drinks are consumed lot more than traditional tea and coffee.

    What are the challenges of scale in this business and how do you prepare to cope with them?

    The biggest challenge in scaling is to maintain the same levels of service and quality. This is B2B2C market and end consumers decide what they finally like to drink. Having a continuous feedback loop and connection with end consumers is another critical aspect of this business.

    Where and how do you see yourself going ‘bout this?

    We aim to build our company to PAN India multi format Beverage Company. To serve 1 lacs cups a day is our immediate 12 months target.

    For more information, please visit their website: http://aromasofcoorg.com/

    – Abhilasha Dafria

    source: http://www.yourstory.com / Your Story.com / Home> Entrepreneur / Team YS / by Abhilasha Dafria / December 30th, 2011

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    Gulshan Devaiah has been roped in as the lead for a new film titled “Pichchar”.

    Pichchar, Gulshan Devaiah, Pichchar cast, Pichchar Gulshan Devaiah, Pichchar Gulshan Devaiah news, Gulshan Devaiah movies, Gulshan Devaiah upcoming movie, Gulshan Devaiah news, Entertainment news Gulshan Devaiah has been roped in as the lead for a new film titled “Pichchar”. He will be seen playing the role of a struggling director in the movie.

    Pichchar, Gulshan Devaiah, Pichchar cast, Pichchar Gulshan Devaiah, Pichchar Gulshan Devaiah news, Gulshan Devaiah movies, Gulshan Devaiah upcoming movie, Gulshan Devaiah news, Entertainment news Gulshan Devaiah has been roped in as the lead for a new film titled “Pichchar”. He will be seen playing the role of a struggling director in the movie.

    Gulshan Devaiah has been roped in as the lead for a new film titled “Pichchar”. He will be seen playing the role of a struggling director in the movie.

    The actor wants to explore new realms of the creative world with the film, saying that the “story will appeal to both young and old” audience.

    Gulshan, who is known for playing intense roles in films like “Shaitan” and “Hate Story”, is glad that his “young nieces and nephews” will finally be able to see him on the screen.

    “Pichchar”, to be helmed by debutant Rohit Pathak, will narrate a heart-warming story of a struggling filmmaker, who forms an unlikely connection with a young boy. It will highlight how they become relevant in each others lives.

    “It’s a sweet story about following your dreams and beating the odds. I play a very simple , small town guy with big dreams and immense potential, but is slowly but steadily being broken down by the ways of the entertainment industry.

    “It’s a nice deviation from the kind of films and roles I’ve done so far. It’s a story that will appeal to both young and old, finally my young nieces and nephews can watch their ‘chachu’ on screen,” Gulshan said in a statement.

    Gulshan is also remembered for his role as a sex addict in “Hunterrr”. He will next be seen in musical romantic thriller “Cabaret”, which is produced by Pooja Bhatt.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Entertainment> Bollywood / by IANS / Mumbai – April 28th, 2016

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    Madikeri :

    The War Memorial ‘Amar Jawan’ at Cherangala village, Cauvery Janma Bhoomi Trust premises in Bhagamandala, will be inaugurated on Apr. 30 at 10.30 am, under the aegis of Cauvery Janma Bhoomi Trust as part of annual celebrations of Thavaruru Koota.

    Justice Santosh Hegde, Justice V. Gopal Gowda, Lt. Gen. (retd.) C.N. Somanna, Lt. Gen. (retd.) B.C. Nanda and Air Marshal (retd.) K.C. Cariappa will be the chief guests.

    MLA and former Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal, Maj. Gen. G.D. Bakshi will also be present on the occasion, according to a press release from M.C. Ravi Kumar, Managing Trustee of the Trust.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Thursday – April 28th, 2016

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    Senior Advocate, Delhi High Court

    Palecanda Nanju Ganpathy

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    New Delhi :

    Palecanda Nanju Ganpathy is among the 12 advocates, who have been designated as Senior Advocates by the Delhi High Court recently.

    A 1980 law graduate from Delhi University, Nanju Ganpathy did his schooling from Air Force Bal Bharti School in Delhi and thereafter graduated from St. Stephen’s College in History Honours.

    After completing his Law, he spent about 5 years as a junior lawyer undergoing the rigours of law practice, with two different Advocates. In 1986, he appeared in a tough internal examination conducted by the Supreme Court of India, passing of which exam, entitles an Advocate to be designated as an Advocate-On-Record of the Supreme Court and enables him to file cases in the Supreme Court. Nanju passed the exam and obtained the 2nd position.

    He later joined AZB & Partners, one of the leading law firms in India, and was a partner there for many years conducting litigation on behalf of various Multi-National Companies and specialised in media and a variety of other laws.

    He also represented the Government of Karnataka for over 4 years before the Supreme Court as their Standing Counsel.

    Son of late Palecanda Appachu Ganpathy and late Sita Ganpathy (Pandanda) and son-in-law of Nervanda Mothi Muthanna and Shanti (Kandrathanda), Nanju is said to be the first Kodava to have been designated as Senior Advocate by the Delhi HC.

    The other 11 advocates who have been given the silk are: Satish Tamta, B.B. Gupta, Sachin Puri, Anil Airi, Arun Kathpalia, Sunil Mittal, Ajay Burman, Sudhir Makkar, Arun Verma, P.D. Gupta and Sanat Kumar.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Thursday – April 28th, 2016

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    April 28th, 2016adminSports

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    Etawah:

    CISF came from behind to beat CRPF 2-1 in the opening game of the Senior Men National Championship, which started here on Saturday.

    CRPF opened the scoring with a goal from Saroj Ekka’s drag flick in the 7th minute. CISF equalised in the 17thminute through Nitin Sharma and scored the winner in the last minute of the match via Sangram Chougule.

    The second game of the Pool saw Hockey Coorg thrash Goa 10-0, courtesy of goals from GA Sunil (3’ and 35’), Anjaneya Ambigera (13’), Poovanna Bollachetira (24’), Bidapa Bachira (43’ and 45’), Somanna Pemmanda (44’) and Kunjappa Karineravanda (53’).

    In the first game of Pool H, D&N Haveli Hockey Association edged past Vidarbha Hockey Association in a close encounter. The deciding goal was scored in the 46th minute by Jaikishan Singh.

    The second game of the Pool ended in a 2-2 draw, as Punjab & Sind Bank split the points with Punjab National Bank. PNB opened the scoring through Sumit Toppo in the 13th minute. PSB came back through their own opener in the 21st minute scored by Karanbir Singh, before taking the lead through a PC conversion by Gaganpreet Singh in the 44th minute. With four minutes left to play, Ajitesh Roy scored PNB’s equaliser to split the honours.

    The first game of Pool F saw Bengal Hockey Association beat Manipur Hockey 10-2. After BHA took a two-goal lead, Manipur briefly made a comeback scoring their first goal in the 16th minute to reduce the deficit to one. From there on though there was no let up by Bengal as they ran riot. Goals for Manipur were scored by Deepu Thangjam (16’) and Bhakar Ningobam (17’). Bengal goalscorers Alsem Lakra (6’, 25’, 26’, 41), Raushan Kumar (11’, 27’) Saurav Kumar Singh (22’, 39’) and Aijub Ekka (49’) and Deepak Kullu (60’) ensured their team took maximum points leading to the next round of matches.

    Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, Member of the India Parliament was the chief guest for the inaugural match.

    Hockey Andaman and Nicobar forfeited their game against Hockey Uttarakhand in the second game of Pool F.

    Courtesy: Hockey India

    source: http://www.indiansportsnews.com / Indian Sports News / by ISN Reporter / April 10th, 2016

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    April 28th, 2016adminSports

    Ballachanda, Mandetira, Mandeyanda and Kariberavanda registered victory in the matches at the ongoing Shanteyanda Cup Hockey Tournament here on Monday.

    Ballachanda won against Cherumadanda by 4-0 goals. Mandetira defeated Kutterira by 4-0 and Karineravanda beat Kandera by 4-0. Mandeyanda beat Mukkatira by 4-0 and Sannuvanda defeated Kalengada by 2-0. Kokkanda won against Deyanda by 4-0.

    Macharanda beat Bariyanda by 2-0. Pemmanda defeated Mollera by 6-0 and Titamada beat Chenanda by 1-0.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, April 26th, 2016

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    The domestic athletics season is set to kick off with the first Indian Grand Prix at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday, with the focus firmly on Olympic qualification.

    Ten events for men and nine for women comprise the card in the one-day meet, which hopes to present an opportunity for a clutch of athletes to meet the qualifying norms for the Olympic Games.

    For those who have already made the grade — 22 of them have attained the marks so far — the Grand Prix has little to offer, with their events — barring men’s and women’s shot put and men’s discus throw — not part of the programme.

    Many of the leading lights are abroad as part of their preparations, including a clutch of jumpers who are training in South Africa.

    Among those who are here, 400M runners MR Poovamma and Arokia Rajiv will be looking to kick off their quest for an Olympic berth in strong fashion. With the Asian Athletics Association deciding to cancel the Asian Grand Prix series this year, the two quartermilers have to rely on the domestic competitions, including next week’s Federation Cup, to meet the standards.

    Poovamma will have to time 52.20 or better to make it to Rio while Arokia Rajiv, who had a very good last season, needs to touch 45.40.

    Discus thrower Krishna Poonia, the first Indian woman to win a gold in athletics at the Commonwealth Games, will be making a comeback in New Delhi. Poonia, who finished sixth in the 2012 London Olympics, is returning to action after a gap of two years, post-surgery. The standard in women’s discus is 61 metres.

    The javelin throwers, who are training under Australian coach Gary Calvert, will also be in focus while M A Prajusha and Renjith Maheswari lead the list among jumpers.

    Events on Sunday: Men: 100M, 400M, 1500M, 3000M, Long jump, Triple jump; High jump; Shot put; Javelin, Discus.

    Women: 100M, 400M, 1500M, 3000M, Long jump, Triple jump, Shot put, Javelin throw, Discus.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / by Agencies / New Delhi – April 23rd, 2016

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    Coffee is cool, and Indian coffee is cooler still. That’s the message a brave new breed of young coffee growers are taking to the world.

    Youngsters with a family background in coffee, they are taking their products to the next level – incorporating quality produce with sustainable agriculture and state-of-theart production techniques and marketing. To them, the customer is king – and they are pleased to customise their coffees, reach out to educate and grow their customer base. Their final desired outcome is to make Indian coffee a thing of beauty at home and abroad. Meet some of the players.

    Rishwin Devaya | 26
    Riverside Coffee, Coorg

    “A planter’s approach is usually to just maximise yield, but I am experimenting to control the end quality. I want to add value to Coorg coffee;I’m in it for the long run”

    It was while Rishwin Devaya was working for a wine company that he realised he wanted to return to his roots to create a brand of world-class coffee from Riverside, his own 80-acre coffee estate in Siddapur, Coorg, along the Cauvery river. As he watched his employers go through the process of cultivating grapes, producing and selling wines, he realised he could do the same.

    “My family has been growing coffee in Coorg since 1898, but we’ve always sold the beans to large-scale producers. In fact as I thought about it, I realised that very few coffee drinkers truly understand much about their preferred types of coffee (Arabica, Robusta) or different types of roasts.” He quit his job and started processing the 60 tonnes of coffee grown in his estate.

    “I started sending out samples on a small scale to restaurants in Bangalore last year. I want my own strong brand, and to focus on customising coffee, so different restaurants get their own individual blends.” Devaya’s single origin coffee is UTZ and Wood certified, and has been launched in custom- designed tins in three variants – a 100 per cent Arabica, a 50/50 Arabica/ Robusta and the popular filter coffee blend which incorporates chicory.

    “From April onwards, my coffee will be available on my website, besides gourmet stores. For my next phase I plan to offer blends and grinds according to customer requests — the ultimate customised coffee. What I love about coffee is that each person has his own way of enjoying it. I want people to understand how simple it is to make a really good cup.” Devaya recently launched Riverside Coffee with a tasting event at Red Fork, where he demonstrated different coffee-drinking styles for guests, a kind of show-and-tell on coffee.

    This covered the entire production process, from picking the ripe ‘cherry’, to the pulping and washing stage, to getting the ‘parchment’, followed by hulling and polishing to get the green bean and finally grading (AA, A, B or peaberry, while BBB – blacks, browns and bits – are usually sold in bulk to make instant coffee.) “A planter’s approach is usually to just maximise yield, but I’m experimenting to control the end quality. I want to add value to Coorg coffee; I’m in it for the long run.”www.riversidecoffee.in

    Tejini Kariappa | 28
    Halli Berri Coffee, Chikmagalur

    “We sold our coffee in handwritten aluminium foil packets to start with. Then the name was suggested by my sister and my mother liked it, saying, ‘We should be proudly Coorg.”

    Tejini Kariappa’s idea of creating her coffee brand Halli Berri happened because “we were giving away too much free coffee,” she says. Her family-run coffee enterprise is based in Chikmagalur and is headed by her mother and herself — India’s first all-women run coffee business.

    Her estate, Kambihalli, in the foothills of Chikmagalur’s Bababudan hills, has been in the family for generations, with Kariappa also running a PR firm, Estrada, in Mumbai. Halli means village in Kannada, and when juxtaposed with ‘berry’ makes the name sound ethnic, meaning ‘the village berry.’ Halli Berri grew almost organically, as visitors at the estate café run by her mother started asking for fresh-ground coffee powder to buy and take home.

    Kariappa explains, “We sold our coffee in handwritten aluminium foil packets to start with. Then the name was suggested by my sister and my mother liked it. ‘We should be proudly Coorg,’ she said.” So Halli Berri was born and now remains a frontrunner in India’s single-origin coffee story. Today Kariappa sells a single variant full-bodied 100 per cent Arabica coffee made from premium graded beans under the Halli Berri brand. She prices it affordably, “in fact not much more than instant coffee,” she points out.

    The brand is Rainforest Alliance certified, one of the highest certifications worldwide. She also runs a CSR initiative, ‘Be Berri Conscious’ tied in with her coffee business – it is mandatory for all her workers to send their children to school, and families are given free meals. Halli Berri also supports wildlife initiatives — tiger conservation and 296 species of migratory birds in the estate. “I want this to be a legacy for my children and their children,” she says. The estate also offers a responsible luxury’ homestay experience.

    Juggling two different lifestyles has been tough, more so given the innumerable subsidies, certification and licences a business needs for survival.But Kariappa finds the journey “interesting… Indian coffee must get its due recognition. And the youth in India should realise that Indian coffee is cool. This (coffee) has really been my life from the start – so you could say I’m trying to start a revolution.” halliberri.com
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    EXPERT SPEAK

    “Indian single estate coffee is an idea whose time has come. The growth of India’s coffee story has been generational. Earlier generations saw coffee as a commodity, pooled to sell so there was no individual identity. For today’s new generation, whom I call ‘marketpreneurs’, marketing is important. They are more passionate in their approach.

    It’s not about production alone now — there are value adds, customised blends, quality packaging, niche brands with back stories happening along with the additional benefit of e-commerce. This is excellent.

    However, the new generation must be aware of a few factors. They must not ape the biggies — the Tata Coffees or Unilevers — but focus on the ‘small is beautiful’ dictum. They must also concentrate on physical distribution of their product, not only the virtual via e-commerce. And they need to focus on quality, not get overwhelmed by only branding.

    Finally, customisation divides markets into choice segments: do this with scale in mind, don’t create nano-niches which are unsustainable by themselves. This is the way ahead to lift Indian coffee to world recognition”

    -Harish Bijoor, coffee expert & brand consultant
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    Abhijit Shetty | 30, & Advith Shetty | 33
    Seven Beans Coffee Company, Chikmagalur

    “India is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world, but two-thirds of our coffee is exported to Europe, where the beans are roasted and sold; no one knows that’s Indian coffee”

    Civil engineers by profession, the Shetty brothers, joint managing directors at Seven Beans Coffee Company, realised early on that their heart lay in producing the best coffees sourced from their five estates in Chikmagalur (their premium estate Woddaegudda is 450 acres and Rainforest Alliance certified). “We grew up spending summers on the estate — here coffee was grown but sold to coffee houses to process and sell,” says Advith, who handles sales.

    They decided to leverage their engineering skills to develop their business, raising the bar through research and export. “India is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world, but two thirds of our coffee is exported to Europe, where the beans are roasted and sold under different international brand names. There, they command exorbitant prices, except no one knows that’s Indian coffee,” says Abhijit, who looks after production and operations, adding that they wanted to create a globally recognised brand. They incorporated Seven Beans Coffee in 2013, a complete bean-to-cup enterprise, and started the search for a global partner.

    They zeroed in on Dr Dante Cagliari, a noted Italian master roaster, and the association recognises Seven Beans for a unique USP in the custom- made single estate coffee market. Seven Beans pre-blends and then roasts their coffee at their own customised Chikmagalur roastery, grinding and packaging both whole coffee beans, powder and capsules. They have begun exporting three variants under their own brand names — Mishta (70/30 Arabica/Robusta), Urja (60/40), and Eka (50/50) — and the packaging is deliberately very Indian. They also import signature Italian blends by Cagliari. Abhijit explains the historical growth of coffee, “The early 1900s saw the patenting of technology forinstant coffee. It was followed by consumers, especially those in the US, seeking better quality and asking about origin; terms like ‘fair trade’ became important. The most recent trend saw the term ‘artisanal coffee’ coined. Artisanal producers control every step of coffee production, from bean to cup.”

    Seven Beans started production in 2015 and now sells its custom coffees to corporate offices and restaurants, as well as online and in gourmet stores. They offer end to end services, including renting and sale of imported Italian coffee machines. Aiming to bring the perfect cup to consumers, they offer barista training, from grinding coffee to frothing milk. “Indian consumers learn quick, want quality and are aspirational, therefore they are aware of artisanal Indian coffee,” adds Abhijit. sevenbeans.co

    Meet the others

    Specialised coffee brands like Flying Squirrel (flyingsquirrel.in) and Blue Tokai (bluetokaicoffee. com) have been making their presence felt among coffee lovers in India with customised coffee straight from estates in Chikmagalur and Coorg, sold online and instore. Other players include the Indian Bean Company (theindianbean. com) and Bengaluru’s Estatecraft coffee (estatecraft.in).

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Business> News / by Ruma Singh / April 25th, 2016

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    Robin Uthappa, who has sparkled in the early round of matches, has put down his run of form to an uncluttered mind.

    “I think a lot goes with feeling about the way I bat,” the KKR batsman-keeper said. “I feel very sorted about what my game plan is. There are no doubts, so there is a huge sense of clarity in my head. I am not worried if my technique is okay or not because I am constantly feeling good, having worked on my technique.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport / April 22nd, 2016

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