From June 6-8, the Hub and its grantee African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) hosted a regional cupping workshop. The training brought together ten top cuppers from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania to learn about the new Taste of Harvest Competition and auction protocols. The cuppers learned about lead-time schedules, cupping standards and auction logistics process.
“This is the first time that best Cupping Judges in Africa have come together to discuss the process of the taking the Taste of Harvest to the next level. This eye opening strategic workshop has allowed AFCA and Bean Auction to capture useful feedback to not only to standardize the project protocols but also create Taste of Harvest Ambassadors and a world class auction attracting the more international buyers” said Martin Maraka, the Grant Project Manager at African Fine Coffees Association.
Watch the video to learn more about the training.
The objective of the training was to build capacity of top regional cuppers to meet the Taste of Harvest Competition head judge, competition and auction standards.
“The workshop has been great and relevant with knowledge on the direction of the Taste of Harvest with the benefits clear and well put, this will improve the reputation of the competition that had reduced in previous years due to unclear direction and reduced benefits.” said Clare Rwakatogo from Uganda Coffee development Authority.
“The knowledge acquired from the training will enable me as a cupper from a coffee producing countries with a common platform for upgrading our skills. This encourages sustainability of coffee producers and gives quality advantages.” said Asnake Kasa, Coffee Liquoring Unit, Ethiopia.
The top cuppers will now take what they learned back to their home countries to become trainers for coffee exporters and cooperatives there.