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Tata Coffee Limited (TCL) has recently won recognition at the Sixth Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards 2021

Tatacoffee illyJumboor Estate is known for ‘Jumboor Gold’, a yellow bourbon arabica variety grown in shaded plantations. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

According to Tata Coffee, Jumboor Estate is one of the key estates of the company, renowned for producing the ‘Jumboor Gold’, a yellow bourbon arabica variety known for its quality. The estate received 'India’s Best Coffee’ and ‘Best of the Best - overall best coffee in the world', after being judged by an expert panel. 

The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award was launched in 2016 by illycaffè, an international aggregator of coffee and allied accessories. The award aims to recognise producers of quality sustainable coffee, picked amongst the highest quality coffee producers from leading coffee-growing countries.

The event was held on a virtual platform and had an independent panel of international culinary and industry experts. Illy said that the Jumboor Estate was conferred the award after careful evaluation of its sustainability initiatives, care for nature and responsibly produced coffee. The current edition of the award saw 27 finalists, three each from nine countries namely Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Nicaragua.

The international panel was comprised of three-star Michelin chefs Kyle Connaughton, Viki Geunes and Niko Romito; journalists Josè Carlos Capel, Clark Parkin and Michela Proietti and coffee industry experts in Sunalini Menon, Birhanu Gebis Wuli and Henry Alirio Martínez Salinas

Chacko Thomas, managing director and CEO, Tata Coffee said, "Tata Coffee is extremely proud to receive this award, as it is the first time India has won the prestigious Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award. This is a testimony to the sustainability initiatives that we have undertaken across all the estates to produce exceptional quality coffee. In line with our core values, we will continue to work with our businesses and our partners to create the finest coffees while nurturing the ecosystems around us."

The Company produces between 8,000-10,000 mt of shade-grown arabica and robusta coffee variants at its estates in South India. Tata Coffee also maintains exports of green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.