Thiruvananthapuram: Steaming cups of coffee made from the best beans sourced from
Kerala coffee estates will soon be made available across the
country with the Floatel Group of Hotels setting up 3,000 kiosks,
quite appropriately named 'Kic OFF', said a company official.
The Floatel group, which set up the first floating cottages near
the famous Kovalam beach resort, is ready with its new venture
that will use coffee from its own estates in the state.
"The highlight of these kiosks is the hot steaming coffee, made
out of 'coffee pods' which will be the first in the country," M.R.
Narayanan, co-owner of the Floatel group, told IANS, referring to
the nitrogen-packed seven grams of coffee.
"We make the purchase of the best quality coffee beans directly
from coffee estates. Then they are roasted and packed in a small
pouch. Since it is a nitrogen-packed seven-gram pouch, the aroma
of the coffee will be there for more than a year. Fresh milk and
sugar have to be filled in the containers in the coffee dispensing
machine along with our 'coffee pods'," he explained.
The company, which will be importing the machines from Italy, has
already started the production of 'coffee pods' at its newly set
up unit called Hotel Tek Beverages(P) Ltd on the outskirts of this
The coffee dispenser has been named 'Easy Serve Expresso - pods'.
Depending on the size of the machine, the dispenser cost would
range from Rs.6,000 to Rs.40,000.
"Our 3,000 kiosks will be set up very soon. Apart from our own
brand of steaming coffee, there would be vending machines, which
would sell juice," added Narayanan.
Floatel's came into the limelight in 2009 when it built the first
floating market (food items, pulses and all types of consumer
goods) on a 16-metre-long boat. Today, this floating market moves
around in the Alappuzha backwaters, about 120 km from here, where
water transport is the only mode for travel.
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