Entries by afcasecretariat

NEW TRENDS IN COFFEE ROASTING

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 […]

KENYA COFFEE SUB-SECTOR REFORMS ARE A GAME CHANGER

By Prof Joseph Kieyah Restructuring the coffee sub-sector is urgent policy imperative. Since last year, the public discontent on the status of the coffee industry has in ltrated the public discourse and has continued to attract significant media attention. The once thriving sub-sector that enjoyed national prominence as a major foreign current earner and as […]

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE SPECIALITY COFFEE MARKET

by Phil Schulter Speciality coffee is very hard to define. It is as much a way of life as it is anything else. A wider definition would take in all coffees over 80 on the SCAA scoring system, and include all certified coffees. This broader definition would perhaps be better designated as ‘differentiated’ coffees. Even […]

SCAA PORTRAIT COUNTRY, KENYA, HOSTS USA COFFEE BUYERS

by Benson Apouye Kenya won the 2017 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Portrait Country Symposium and Exhibition which will be held from 19th to 23rd April, 2017 in Seattle, Washington, USA. To realize economic gains as a strategy in the Demand Side Increased Return (DSIR), Kenya hosted 31 coffee stakeholders mostly buyers from 9 […]

The South African Coffee Industry

by Sarah Schach In South Africa, the coffee culture has grown tremendously over the past ten years and more especially in the last five years. It is unusual to walk down a street in any urban area in South Africa without coming across a coffee shop. Chances are that it won’t only be one of […]

Business Solutions To Poverty – The Techno Serve Way, Paul Stewart Interview

Today the African Fine Coffees Association interviews the new TechnoServe Global Coffee Director, Mr. Patrick Stewart 1. Congratulations on your new position! So tell us about TechnoServe and how does it work? TechnoServe was founded as a non-profit organization in 1968 with the idea that when people in developing countries have access to information, capital and […]

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF PRODUCING SPECIALITY COFFEE IN RWANDA

By Angelique Karekezi Rwanda Small Holder Specialty Coffee Company (RWASHOSCCO) was established in 2005, towards the end of PEARL/USAID project. The Idea was to leave behind a farmer’s umbrella organization or company that will handle all marketing and export logistics and strengthen the management and leadership of primary cooperatives. It is a farmer- owned marketing, […]