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Tata Coffee

Tata Coffee Limited is one of the largest integrated coffee companies in the world. Till recently known as Consolidated Coffee Limited, the company was initially formed in Edinburgh in 1922, and later became an Indian company in 1943. Now a part of the Tata Group of Companies, the company in August 2000 changed its name to Tata Coffee in keeping with the corporate policy of the Tatas to bring all its group companies under the TATA brandmark. The company grows coffee on its own estates, processes the bean, exports green and instant coffee, and retails coffee under its own brands in the domestic market.

Karnataka is the main coffee growing region in India and the operations of Tata Coffee are located in the prime growing districts of Coorg, Hassan and Chikmagalur. The Head Office is located in Pollibetta, South Coorg. The company has 19,721 acres under cultivation, with inter-crops of pepper and cardamom. The coffee on the Tata estates is entirely shade-grown. The company has centralized curing works at Kushalnagar, and exports around 65% of its annual crop of about 9000 tonnes.

Tata Coffee grows and processes three specialty grades of Indian coffee – Monsooned Malabar, Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold and Robusta Kaapi Royale. Tata Coffee has won several awards in 2002 and 2003 at the "Flavour of India - The Fine Cup" cupping competition instituted by the Coffee Board of India.

Tata Coffee has contributed significantly to the growth and development of Indian coffee. Ivor Bull, then Managing Director of the erstwhile Consolidated Coffee Limited, was instrumental in the formation of the Coffee Board of India in 1942. The company takes pride in its efforts towards corporate social responsibility and the estate workers enjoy the highest living standards and congenial working conditions.

Contact:
Tata Coffee Limited, 57 Railway Parallel Road, Kumara Park West, Bangalore – 560 020, India.
Tel: 91-80-3560695 Fax: 91-80-3561972
E-mail: expblr@tatacoffee.com

 
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