Our humble background starts from our courtyard at home, where Kaapi was grown, served and relished with great love and affection. In this scenario, we shared a lasting bond within our family and meeting discussions or indoor games would happen over Kaapi. We wished to recreate this and hence Hatti Kaapi was born in 2009.
On November 27, 2009, a revolution was born – two friends with the blessings & support of family and well-wishers embarked on a journey to live their dreams, the result of which was “Hatti Kaapi.” Awarded for excellence in quality in 2011, the CII award in 2013 for emerging entrepreneur, and the Pinnacle award from BIAL in 2015. Has been articled in the Feb 2013 edition of Business Today.
Lakshmanaswamy, 84 years old, started his career in Hindustan Unilever in Sales Department. Post-retirement he joined MTR and served for 10 long years. He is one of the founding members of Hatti Kaapi. His marketing experience has added a lot of value to the company. Since 2007, he has been associated with Hatti Kaapi and continues to work till date, which drives inspiration and motivation to the team of Hatti Kaapi.
Founder – Director & CEO
U S Mahendar, 45 years old lives in Bengaluru, Silicon city of India and hails from Hassan. He is an undergraduate (BSC in Electronics). Being self-employed, he took up coffee trading as a career and dealt with many leading export houses for a span of 8 years. He moved to Bengaluru in the year 2002 and started as a small-scale manufacturing unit. Passion to drive filter coffee in retail made him join hands with his friend, M L Gowda and together they launched the first Hatti Kaapi store on 27th November 2009, at one of the high streets in south Bengaluru.
Founder – Director
M L Gowda, 53 years old lives in Bengaluru and hails from Hassan. He got his degree in Bachelor of Arts, Mysore University. In the year 2002, he moved to Bengaluru and started a small-scale manufacturing unit to process instant coffee premixes for the vending machine, roasting coffee beans and the blending of coffee. U S Mahendar and he started the business, trading coffee beans from the Estate level which gave them the opportunity to explore and learn more about coffee, from the selection of beans to the roasting, which served as an immense help while starting Hatti Kaapi.