Indian producer receives world’s only Q Robusta Certificates

Two new Robusta coffees from Sethuraman Estates have become the second and third coffees to obtain 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 in the world to meet the program’s rigorous standards. “We are stunned and extremely honoured to have been recognized as producing the only certified Fine Robusta coffees in the world for a second year,” stated Sethuraman Estates' Mr 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 authorised 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.  

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