Tata Coffee

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Tata Coffee
Public company
Traded as BSE
Industry Coffee
Founded 1922
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Key people
R K Krishna Kumar (Chairman)
Revenue Increase4,162 million (US$65 million) (FY2011)[1]
Increase659 million (US$10 million) (FY2011)[1]
Profit Increase551 million (US$8.6 million) (FY2011)[1]
Parent Tata Group
Website www.tatacoffee.com

Tata Coffee is coffee company owned by the Tata Group. The company owns 19 coffee estates in southern India.[2] The estates are spread across the districts of Coorg, Chikmagalur, and Hassan in Karnataka and Valparai district in Tamil Nadu. Tata Coffee is the largest integrated coffee plantation company in the world.[3]

Tata Coffee entered into a coffee sourcing and roasting agreement with Starbucks Coffee Company to supply coffee beans to its coffee chains in India. Both agreed to work toward developing and improving the profile of Indian-grown arabica coffees around the world by elevating the stature of Indian coffee, as well as improving the quality of coffee through sustainable practices and advanced agronomy solutions.[4]


Tata Coffee's past was rooted in 1922 when two companies – M/s Coorg Co. Ltd., London and M/s Pollibetta Coffee Estates Co. Ltd., London – both managed by Matheson and Company, combined to form Consolidated Coffee Estates Ltd., Edinburgh. In 1943, Consolidated Coffee Estates Ltd., Edinburgh became a full-fledged Indian company headquartered in Pollibeta. In the same year, the shares in Consolidated Coffee Estates Limited (CCE) were offered to the general public through a prospectus, with the parent, Edinburgh Company, being allotted a major share as a consideration for transfer of its estates. Shortly thereafter, during the early part of the 1950–1960 decade, the Edinburgh Company sold all its shareholdings to the Indian public, relinquishing its controlling interest in CCE and becoming one of the first sterling plantation company to become an Indian company. During 1966–67, Volkart properties in India, which included four estates, two curing works and an export division, merged with CCE, and the company was renamed as the erstwhile Consolidated Coffee Limited (CCL). Tata Tea Limited, in a trend setting and transparent open offer to the resident shareholders, acquired a controlling interest in CCL during 1991-1992. CCL became the single largest coffee plantation company in Asia with its estates located in Kodagu, Hassan, and Chikmagalur districts of Karnataka. In a historic move in September 1999, M/s Asian Coffee Ltd., M/s Veerarajendra Estates Ltd., and M/s Charagni Ltd., merged with CCL, and became the single largest integrated plantation company in the world. In 2000, the company was renamed as "Tata Coffee Limited".[5]


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