Entries by afcasecretariat

My 2017 Fushan Barista Experience

By Martin Shabaya, Head Barista at Dormans and Artcaffe Coffee Shops and 5th placed barista at the 2017 Fushan Barista event in Hainan, Haikou, China.  It’s always nice to be in the Fushan international Barista Cup to meet and make friends with passionate individuals who drive the quality and coffee culture forward like never before. Also […]


By Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye, Managing Director, Uganda Coffee Development Authority. Uganda is ranked as a top Commonwealth producer of coffee, the second largest African producer and seventh world producer. Coffee contributes about 30% of Uganda’s total export earnings. The country grows two types of coffee—Robusta and Arabica. The coffee yield is 700kg per hectare for […]

Concept Note for the Establishment Coffee Improvement Programme For Africa (CIPA)

By Dr Kimemia Joseph, Senior Researcher, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) Coffee is one of the leading foreign exchange earners for the producing countries in the African continent accounting for approximately 11% of the world’s total production (Fig 1) and roughly $2 billion in annual revenues. There over 25 African countries producing both […]

Robusta Coffee in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Kambale Kamungele, Export Director, Ets Tsongo Kasereka The DRC is a country endowed with a tropical climate, fertile soil, abundant water resources, which offers favorable conditions for the cultivation of co ee. Despite its immense potential, the country’s coffee production and export volumes have been declining for the last three decades. A new approach for […]


First World Coffee Producers Forum’s Final Declaration

The First World Coffee Producers Forum met in the city of Medellin, Colombia, on July 12, 2017, and considering that: Profitability of coffee farming in many producing countries faces a critical situation, even going through periods of losses, due to different factors such as: lower international coffee prices, which have dramatically deteriorated the coffee trade terms […]


  By Primus Kimaryo, Director General, Tanzania Coffee Board. Coffee accounts for about five percent of Tanzania’s of total exports by value and generates earnings averaging US$100 million per year. The industry provides direct income to about 400,000 smallholders who produce 90 percent of the Tanzania’s coffee. Although there is an expansion of new farms and […]


Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye, Managing Director, Uganda Coffee Development Authority. “The story about coffee in Uganda can be traced as far back as 19th Century. Stories are told of how coffee was used as an energy booster by long distance travelers, as a substitute for cigarettes and in cultural ceremonies.” But first, the history. Uganda grows […]


By Toper Roasters Coffee roasting machines have been used for the last 200 years. During this time, the machines were constantly renewed according to the conditions of the day. With the Third wave coffee trend, new expectations have been formed which are: To achieve different aromas from the same green coffee. To roast coffee always […]