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    India forward SV Sunil, key member of last year’s silver-winning Champions Trophy side, is Asian Hockey Federation’s Player of the Year for 2016 and junior World Cup-winner, Harmanpreet Singh, has been named as the emerging player

    SV Sunil was the favourite for the award among the national team coaches of Asia, who made the nominations based on performances during 2016.(Facebook)

    SV Sunil was the favourite for the award among the national team coaches of Asia, who made the nominations based on performances during 2016.(Facebook)

    India forward SV Sunil was named the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Player of the Year for 2016 on Thursday, with Harmanpreet Singh chosen as the Promising Player of the Year in the continental body’s annual awards.

    SV Sunil was the favourite for the award among national team coaches of Asia, who made the nominations based on performances during 2016, according to a Hockey India release.

    Sunil, regarded highly for his pace, played a vital role in India’s memorable run in last year’s Champions Trophy in London, where they claimed a silver for the first time. “This award is the icing on the cake. I believe Indian hockey is growing year by year and we have enjoyed some memorable victories in 2016. This award could not have been possible but for our team work,” Sunil said.

    Dragflick specialist Harmanpreet too had a great run, playing a crucial role in India’s Junior World Cup triumph in Lucknow late last year. He was also part of the Rio Olympics and Champions Trophy squads.

    “I am very excited to receive this award. Awards and recognition are a big motivation for a young player like me to improve on my skills and come up with memorable performances,” said Harmanpreet, who along with Sunil, is currently in the senior men’s national camp that is preparing for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

    source: http://www.hindustantimes.com / Hindustan Times / Home> Sports> Other Sports / by HT Correspondent, New Delhi / March 30th, 2017

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    Famous for its coffee plantations, South India didn’t grow the crop naturally. Now a major producer with several hill tracts growing unique flavours of coffee, it is where the story begins… well, not exactly.

    The southern Indian state of Karnataka is strewn with coffee plantations. The state is, in fact, one of the major producers of coffee in India. ‘Arabica’ and ‘Robusta’ are the kinds of coffee that are grown here under methods which are unique to this part of the country, rather, to the world.

    The coffee here is grown under the shade of tress and is often inter-cropped with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, giving it a unique flavour and aroma.

    Interestingly, growth of coffee here is so dense that it might come across as shocking when someone tells you that it all started with the seeding of mere seven coffee beans, which were smuggled to the hills of Karnataka.

    The story that goes around in the coffee plantations down south is that an Indian saint, named Baba Budan, once went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and from there to Mocha – a port city in Yemen and a major coffee hub.

    It was here, in the 18th century, that Baba Budan first discovered coffee, when he tasted it in form of a dark and sweet liquid called Qahwa. It is said that he found the drink so refreshing that despite it being a protected Arabic beverage and industry, he sneaked out seven coffee beans by strapping them to his chest and brought them to India.

    The Baba Budan Hills in Karnataka

    The Baba Budan Hills in Karnataka

    These seven beans, Baba Budan planted in the courtyard of his home, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka – the place now synonymous to the origins of coffee in India. It is from this small patch of land that coffee began to spread over an entire hill – now called the Baba Budan hill – and then gradually to rest of Karnataka and South India.

    Coffee cultivation further boosted in India under various colonies. First, the Dutch began to grow coffee in the Malabar region of south India and then the British steered its movement all over the peninsula, where they found the conditions to be apt for the growth of the crop.

    In fact, coffee plantations in India were made commercial under the management of JH Jolly of Parry & Co, a trading company. Jolly saw the potential of coffee beans growing in the plantations of Chandragiri in Andhra Pradesh and had a petition sent to the Mysore government in the adjoining state of Karnataka, for 40 acres of land to grow coffee.

    This not just boosted the growth of coffee but, post this, the plantations flourished with their production turning into the sole business of many from the region and coffee becoming a major commercial product. Eventually, a coffee board was also set up, which took care of the marketing of Indian coffee. It is this board that we know as the Coffee Board of India, the Indian government’s body taking care of coffee commerce in India.

    Today, the coffee industry in India continues to be a flourishing one with the hill tracts of South Indian states dominating its production and the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu following Karnataka in the list of traditional coffee growing regions. Coffee routes have further elongated to non-traditional areas, including Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on the eastern coast of the country and Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh of North-Eastern India.

    The production of the crop that started on an ambiguous note has prospered into a full fledged industry, supporting the livelihood of many, especially, in the remote hilly areas of South India.

    source: http://www.mediaindia.eu / Media India Group (MIG) / Home / posted in Freestyle / by Surbhi Kapila / New Delhi – March 30th, 2017

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    Rashmika Mandanna, who became popular with the huge success of her debut film, Kirik Party has her hands full.

    Her immediate concern is to do well in her upcoming journalism exams. A student of M S Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, the actress will be appearing for her final year exams scheduled in April and May. She is also making her entry into Tollywood for which she is also learning Telugu. “I am between shooting for Anjaniputra, dedicating time for my Telugu classes and preparing for my exams,” she says.

    Ask Rashmika, about her exam preparations and she says, “I am not attending college because of my shoot and my teachers are giving me their full support.

    I have a couple of friends, who are also helping me out. They take me through the entire syllabus and make sure to sit down with me the previous day of the exam. If at all I do well, it is because of them.”

    The actress is confident that she will come out with flying colours.”I have been a distinction holder in school and college,” she beams.

    She also quipped that she can opt for another career option besides acting if she just shows her marks cards.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Entertainment> Kannada / by Express News Service / March 23rd, 2017

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    Coffee grown in the hills of Karnataka is making its way to the Starbucks Reserve store in Seattle

    Coffee is undergoing something of a transformation in India. Local beans, grown in the country, are finally making it onto store shelves, where provenance and growing techniques are emphasised. Meanwhile, a certain section of savvy consumers trawls the Internet, searching for new ways to brew their daily cuppa using a range of different home-grown beans, each of which comes packaged with tasting notes that emphasise subtle flavours.

    Meanwhile, an ocean away, India’s coffee prowess was given a different stamp of approval, when last October, Starbucks sold Indian coffee for the first time at its flagship Starbucks Reserve store in Seattle, the city in which the brand was founded. The coffee came from Tata’s Nullore estate in Kodagu, Karnataka, and was the company’s first microlot coffee. While Tata has 19 plantations in Kodagu (spread over 7,300 hectares), this was the first time that the company’s arabica beans made it to international shelves.

    Microlot coffee refers to beans that are generally the best of the estate, and are those that imbibe flavours of the terroir. Arabica is one of two types of coffee beans, and is prized for its flavour, lower caffeine content and almost twice the concentration of sugar than is found in robusta. As a result, arabica is more expensive, and harder to grow.

    Place of origin

    Walking around the Nullore plantation’s block 19 (where the beans grew), what strikes you is the sense of calm that comes with standing in the midst of a 505-acre estate.

    The microlot that was ultimately produced got its flavours from plants and trees that fruit bats propagate, while they make their homes in the silver oak trees above that provide shade to the arabica plants below. This two-tier system allows the coffee to grow under a canopy of trees, which includes jackfruit, pepper vines and fruits such as orange and lychee. On a tour of the block, Mandana, plantation manager, says, “We collected the coffee berries separately from eight hectares of this [block], where the fruit bat population is high.”

    Changing trends

    The story of the coffee though, goes beyond its growth, and rather is the story of how Tata Coffee is responding to changing customer demands, especially at the high-end, where international coffee drinkers are willing to spend between $10-30 to buy beans with unique tasting notes. Sunalini Menon, a well-known coffee cupper, who is also an independent member of the Tata Coffee board, has been instrumental in galvanising the plantation managers to experiment with microlot coffee. Chacko Thomas, the deputy CEO and executive director, says, “As a result of Nullore, we have 150 [microlot] experiments in progress.” Processing aside, the recognition has showed employees, that the beans grown in Kodagu can be cupped alongside the best in the world.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style> Food / by Aatish Nath / March 30th, 2017

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    by : Mandepanda B Appaya was a founder and a former chairman of the KPA

    I am perhaps one of the lucky planters to have participated at the inauguration of the KPA and still living. The function held at the Sports Club, Mysore was inaugurated by the late Maharaja.

    Late Mr. CL Machia who was my boss, as managing director of Coffee Lands Ltd, had invited me to the function. He read a long report emphasizing the need for the association [KPA].

    The late Mr. M. Appaya was seated beside the Maharaja.

    As I was the then manager of the Hunsur Coffee Curing Works owned by Coffee Lands, Mr. Machia had asked me to attend the function. Here I was introduced to Mr. Lakshmana Gowda and a few other planters. My association with the KPA began when I had to leave the Hunsur Coffee Works after its sale to its present owners. I then started taking an interest in the KPA and was elected from Kodagu as member very soon, I became the vice chairman when the Late Mr. AC Shivegowda was the chairman. We had a lot of problems at the KPA Level. The Land Ceiling Act was published. Although alI agricultural lands, including coffee, tea and rubber were exempt, if anyone had any other Land, both together could not exceed 48 acres. In other words, our paddy, arecanut plantations got a severe blow. Both, Late Shivegowda and I had to toil and we stayed in Bangalore for 27 days at a stretch to solve the issue.

    We met almost all members of the Assembly pleading for exemption for one ceiling area of crops excluding coffee. We had an uphill task.

    Fortunately, D Devaraj Urs, the then chief minister of Karnataka, who was a good friend from my days at Hunsur, helped us a lot by convincing the Congress party our case. Thus, we were allowed one ceiling area of other crops much against the will of the then revenue minister.

    Mr. UK Lakshmana Gowda, being an MP was helpful from the beginning. He helped us not only for getting the ceiling area, but also with wealth tax.

    It cannot be emphasized less that he had a big hand in helping us. He was friendly with all MPs, which helped us in securing wealth tax exemptions on plantations. Mr. FM Khan, MP, has also helped us get wealth tax exemption.

    I was the chairman of the KPA in 1973.

    My association with the Coffee Board began in 1971. I was a member of the Coffee Board for four terms, though not at one stretch. During 1971 there was a shortage of curing works as the business was not attractive. A committee was formed to visit all the curing works and know of their expansion plans. Mr. PG Gurger and myself visited all the curing works in the state and submitted a report to the chairman. We were both traveling from Hassan to Mangalore. Enroute we heard of the surrender of Pakistan after the Bangladesh war. GeneraI Manekshaw was then made Field Marshal for the success.

    Mr. UK Lakshmana Gowda who I used to call Bhishma Pitama, was of great help in the Coffee Board. When we used to have heated arguments on certain issues with the intelligent Kerala members, it was Mr. UK Lakshmana Gowda who used his knowledge and experience to solve the issues. Late Narasimha Rao, IAS, once sent me to Delhi to negotiate with Russian representatives regarding discount on coffee sold to them.

    During 1988-89′ both Mr. Lakshmana Gowda and l went to Moscow for that year’s sale to the erstwhile USSR. We had to go during December and stayed for eight days. Finally we agreed to allow 38 percent discount on international prices. The then chairman of the board, Late SK Warrier had come with us.

    Normally, we sold 50,000 tones to the USSR. But every year the discount went up. At New Delhi we decided to allow 37 percent discount on the International prices.

    We had no choice as we had to sell one-third to the quota countries and one-third for internal consumption and one-third for non-quota countries. For sales in the internal market, the government fixed the minimum price. Thus planters suffered.

    To add to their woes we had to pay 102 percent purchase tax since we had lost the case in the Supreme Court. lt was kept pending for 10 years before the retiring chief justice gave the decision on the last day of his sitting. Karnataka government, in addition to this, levied a 15 percent sales tax on every bean sold by the growers.

    We met even Rajiv Gandhi in Bangalore and made representations to him. He asked us to meet the adviser to the governor as there was no government then. Mr.Rangarajan heard us patiently for 45 minutes but gave no decision. Finally there was an agitation for the abolition of pooled marketing by the growers and they succeeded and now free trade of coffee is allowed.

    I became chairman of UPASI in 1983. Mr. Tika Bedi insisted l should take this position since l did not accept it due to certain physical constraints. Anyway, I served the UPASI in the committees from 1972 to 1983.

    So my career in the KPA, Coffee Board ended in 1983. I served the Mysore Race Club for over 15 years which celebrated the centenary in 1992 with an eye hospital for the poor and the needy as a centenary project. I was the chairman of the Race Club from 1988-92.

    I am now over 87 years old, yet take keen interest in many of the activities I used to participate in.

    source: http://www.kpa.org.in / Karnataka Planters’ Association / Home> About Us> History / by Mandepanda B. Appaya

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    March 30th, 2017adminCoffee News, World Opinion


    The attention of the coffee world will be focused on the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE), which is being held at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 30 March to 1 April.

    All of the Australian Coffee Championships will be back at MICE for 2017

    With the Australia Barista Championship, PURA Latte Art Championship, Cup Tasters Championship and Coffee in Good Spirits all taking place on the ASCA Main Stage, and Brewers Cup being held in the all-new Brewing Lounge, there truly is something for everyone over all three days at MICE2017.

    All winners will be announced in a ceremony on Saturday 1 April.
    And for the first time ever, MICE2017 will feature a brand new Brewing Lounge that will showcase the ASCA Australian Brewers Cup, where visitors will get the chance to taste all the competition coffee.

    A range of SCAE (SCA) certified courses are also being offered to coffee aficionados and beginners alike throughout MICE2017. In partnership with MICE, reduced course fees are being offered to MICE attendees.

    The show is part of a wider schedule of events that make up Melbourne Coffee Week.

    On Thursday, 30 March, Ona Coffee and Dr Morse Bar and Eatery are invite coffee and beer lovers alike to join them for a BrewParty – a celebration of filter coffees, beer and good times. Special guests will include WBC 2015 Sasa Sestic and current Australian Barista Champion, Hugh Kelly.

    And on Saturday, 1 April, Axil Coffee Roasters will host the MICE2017 and ASCA after party.

    source: http://www.gcrmag.com / Global Coffee Report / Tuesday – March 28th, 2017

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    Kona Historical Society (KHS) will open the award-winning exhibit “The Kona coffee Story: Along the Hawaiʻi Belt Road,” on Monday, March 27 at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

    KHS Board Member Alfreida Fujita gets a sneak peak at the KHS exhibit on March 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

    KHS Board Member Alfreida Fujita gets a sneak peak at the KHS exhibit on March 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

    This journey back in time to 20th century coffee farm life features never-before-seen photos and artifacts from the organization’s collection and archives. They have travelled to museums worldwide.

    This Kona Coffee Story will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 and free to students of all ages, KHS members and active and retired military persons with identification.

    The coffee industry emerged in Kona in 1828, and like any other industry, it experienced its highs and lows. Personal written accounts in the exhibit reveal the voices of hard working farmers and community leaders. Black and white photos preserve family portraits and images of the industry farm lands, in addition to a miniature model of a coffee mill.

    KHS hosted a special preview of the exhibit to a limited audience on Thursday, March 23, featuring refreshed content. Attendees included descendants of Kona’s coffee industry pioneers who shared their memories of life on the farm, reflected in the exhibit’s photos, artifacts and written accounts.

    The exhibit will be on display through the end of 2017.

    source: http://www.bigislandnow.com / BigIslandNow.com / Home / by Big Island Now Staff / Hawaii – March 27th, 2017

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