Tata Coffee, Starbucks open coffee roasting, packaging plant in Karnataka, India
Tata Coffee and Starbucks Coffee have opened a new plant at Kushalnagar in Coorg, Karnataka, India to roast and package green coffee beans for Starbucks stores in India and over time in select markets around the globe.
The 8,258ft² facility, with an installed capacity of 375MT, has a PLC-operated green coffee handling system to control recipe, and automatic filling and automatic sealing line with high precision testing equipment.
To develop and improve the profile of Indian-grown Arabica coffees around the world, the companies have developed Indian Espresso Roast.
Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific president John Culver said that the company will leverage the coffee heritage and expertise of both companies to procure, roast and distribute the Arabica coffees.
"This deepens our sourcing relationship with India's coffee farmers and further demonstrates our long-term commitment to sourcing high quality arabica coffee," Culver added.
Tata Coffee managing director Hameed Huq said that they will roast and package locally sourced Espresso Roast and prepare to export roasted and packaged coffees to select markets.
Starbucks and Tata Global Beverages will work with Tata Coffee to invest in coffee growing communities with a specific focus on agronomy, sustainable farming practices and a partnership to extend the Swastha Project's community-based rehabilitation program to cover differently abled children in Kodagu, Karnataka.