The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) in partnership with the Coffee Quality Institute held National Taste of Harvest competitions in its 8 active producing countries during the 2010 – 2011 season. The world renowned competition identifies coffees that score highest in overall quality based on intrinsic quality characteristics like aroma, acidity, clean cup composition, uniformity of cup and aftertaste.

The winner this year was Mathira North Kabiruini under the Technoserve Program.


In 2009, the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) partnered with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) in the execution of a 5-year project titled “Building Capacity in Coffee Certification and Verification for Specialty Coffee Farmers in AFCA Countries”.

Project Activities realized so far in the CFC Project (CFC /ICO/45):

  • Project Launch: Mombasa, 13th February,2010
  • Launch of Training of Master Trainers
  • Conference for Standard Owners (Utz Certified, Starbucks, FairTrade, 4c Association , Rain Forest Alliance, Organic) and National Coffee Institutions (from nine project countries)
  • Project Inception Report done by DCDM.
  • Beneficiary mapping and Signing of Memoranda of Understanding with national Coffee Institutions (NCI).


The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) has partnered with the Agriculture Risk Management Team (ARMT) of the World Bank (WB) to introduce and roll out the Price Risk Management Course in six AFCA member countries namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

The Price Risk Management Course was developed by the World Bank’s Agricultural Risk Management Team (ARMT) and is being delivered, with support from the European Union’s All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme.

On 10th – 14th May 2010, Burundi became the first AFCA member country to benefit from the Training Course.

Similar trainings were held in Nairobi, Kenya, Rwanda and twice in Arusha, Tanzania.


The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) has now for two consecutive years held the Africa Barista Championship at its premier Annual Coffee Conference and Exhibition. During the 2nd ABC Ishan Natalie, the 2009 & 2010 National champion from South Africa emerged the winner with 51% score.

This competition which is the only one of its kind in Africa is a major highlight of the African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition. The event was organised by the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association Secretariat (AFCA) in collaboration with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI – USA).

The main equipment and cash sponsor was La Marzocco, Italy.