All the buzz about AFCA’s activities

Angelique Karekezi, President of the IWCA Rwanda Chapter and Managing Director of Rwashoscco, has shared with the IWCA Global Network that the Rambagira Kawa cooperative has a new partnership with German social business start-up

The Rwandan women’s only cooperative, and IWCA Rwanda Chapter member, Rambagira Kawa is partnering with Kaffee-Kooperative to introduce Angelique’s Finest, coffee 100% Made by Women, to the German market. Kaffee-Kooperative is currently crowdfunding the project at The project is supported by women’s right organization TERRE DES FEMMES and German women’s magazine BRIGITTE. The crowdfunding takes place from January 13th to February 25th, 2018.

To read more please visit page 45 of our July-September Magazine Issue 

The AFCA BUSINESS TRAVEL CLUB this year organises another trip to São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States from 9th to 15th September 2018.


Learn more about the Brazilian coffee sector with the assistance of experienced consultants! Palini and Alves in partnership with the African Fine Coffees Association offer this incredible opportunity to experience all aspects of coffee innovations in terms of research (best practices and varieties), post-harvesting, processing, quality and marketing, through guided visits to relevant Arabica and Canephora coffee stakeholders in Brazil.

Download the program flyer and registration form here.



By.Carlos Henrique Jorge Brando

Discussions about the economic viability of coffee farming are gaining momentum as Arabica prices remain low. Such viability, i.e., healthy returns to growers, is strongly associated with productivity that is often dependent on factors beyond farm gate, as proposed at the article Reshaping African Coffee Industry for Productivity Improvement and Investment published by this magazine in April 2017*. What I now add is the role that coffee processing, especially on-farm, may have on improving or worsening the viability of the business. To have good productivity without relying on proper processing technology to get the most out of the coffee produced may be the difference between profit or loss and therefore a key determinant of the economic viability of coffee farming.

To read more please visit Page 5 of our July-September 2018 Magazine Issue 

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Value of the AFCA conference to Coffee Stakeholders in the world

Participating in the AFCA Conference presents many benefits which may be immediate, medium and long term and depending on the preparations that one makes prior to the conference, there is definitely a good return on the investment. It is important to know on the onset that it is only the AFCA conference that convenes under one roof a diversity of quality global community of coffee personalities and organizations in Africa. This diversity includes but not limited to scientists, researchers, farmers, traders, roasters, consumers, equipment and machinery manufacturers, policy makers, NGOs, diplomats, intergovernmental organizations, academicians, journalists, politicians, civil society organizations, students, women and men. The implication of this is that you have to get something out of the conference including among other things;

AFCA conference is indeed a network of influence. It is a conference that brings who is who in the specialty and fine coffee market segment.  Interacting with specialty coffee buyers directly by farmers and origin traders and exporters is an opportunity not only to make deals but create interpersonal relationships that put humanity at the center of coffee trade. This certainly improves the image of the global coffee value chain that had for a long time seen as a curtail depriving plight and dignity of farmers. Therefore, the AFCA conference proves positively that the coffee value chain is an ecosystem that cherishes human relationship in a collaborative but competitive manner.

AFCA conference enables participants to learn trends in the world of coffee regarding consumption, trading, and production and research. A case in point is the value that the conference puts on sustainability and gives it a whole day of deliberations. Sustainability is not something that is ease to achieve single handedly. It is something that requires understanding of how to work in partnerships in an ecosystem that requires three dimensions of sustainability; social inclusion, environmental considerations and economic progress.

Does one need a Career development in Coffee? It is again the AFCA conference that presents the world standard coffee career and professional development. The Coffee value chain presents a unique language of its own and diverse sets of skills required among actors along the entire value chain. The various presentations made by different speakers provide continuous learning and acquisition of skills for continuous improvement. It is also interesting to learn that prior to the conference different countries and companies and individual farmers and traders are able to present their coffees for national and regional taste of Harvest. This alone enables actors to put themselves voluntarily to competition to know how they fair among peers for continuous improvement and better marketability of their coffees.

Sharing of experiences to learn from one another is another value that the AFCA conference brings to the world of coffee people. Do you want to find unique coffees from specific ecological region for example along the equator, the undulating hills and mountain ranges of Mountain Rwenzori or volcanic soils of Mountain Elgon or Lake Victoria crescent? The AFCA conference is the answer. Good ideas and conversations among likeminded people are shared. This has its own personal fulfillment and satisfaction it brings because it is from the best of the environments of deep knowledge and content of a global value chain. One gets to know what exactly customers of different countries and regions want.

Name: Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira
Company: Uganda Coffee Development Authority
Country: Uganda

What makes the people of Uganda so special?

Ugandans are warm and hospitable people.

What do you Love Most about Uganda as a country

Uganda is a beautiful country and some of the best weather in the world. It is home to the mountain gorilla and has wonderful national parks, and opportunities for fun and adventure in bird watching, cultural experiences, fishing, mountain climbing, water adventures and boat cruises to mention but a few.

What makes Ugandan Coffee so different & unique?

Uganda is the birth place of Robusta. Its coffee is of high quality because of the wonderful climate it has and the enthusiasm of its farmers. The coffee is also great tasting.

From August 22nd to 24th, the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) conducted a quality control training session for exporters and producer cooperatives in Uganda. The training highlighted the benefits of the Taste of Harvest competition and auction protocols for developing, showcasing and exporting high-quality coffees from the East African region. The Taste of Harvest ambassador trainers stressed the importance of coffee export lead-time schedules, cupping standards and auction logistics processes.

“The training is so perfect in a way that it has given us the entire inside view of the Taste of Harvest experience and how it will work. There are extremely high chances that our specialty coffee will meet the market needs because of the skills gained in understanding the proper handling of specialty coffees. There is a clear structure and management system for all stakeholders and this provides the full package of transparency. There is need for continuous training on specialty coffees and marketing,” Dison Kareng, CEO Bros Coffee – Kapchorwa

With Hub support, AFCA is conducting training sessions around East Africa to ensure success for its Taste of Harvest auction. The Taste of Harvest auction and competition process provides East African smallholder producers with branding and marketing opportunities and the chance to access new markets for their small lots of high-quality coffee (5 to 50 bags). The Taste of Harvest Portal increases the visibility of winning African coffees to an international audience and provides a mechanism for sale to a wider range of buyers.


“Being a coffee producer and having been granted an opportunity by my company, gorilla summit coffee to attend this training means a lot and thanks to AFCA for such a tremendous effort. The training has contributed to my knowledge and understanding of how getting the best needs a lot of effort and more so a careful handling. The training has been a good measure of improving the quality of coffee as well as the prices. Meeting new people who know much more than I do has also been an eye opener and I have decided to learn more about cupping.” Ian Abigaba, Operations Manager, Gorilla Summit Coffee – Kanungu

By Hemish Dave, Regional Manager for East Africa, Export Trading Group

  1. Espresso, Filter Coffee or Cappuccino – How do you like your Uganda Coffee? & Why?
    I prefer my Cappuccinos, which for bring out the perfect mix of the mild acidity and fruity flavours from the coffee, and the sweetness from the layer of milk. (No sugar, of course!) I tend to have espressos in the office from our roasted samples when we try experiment with the various coffee that we deal with, to get a better understanding of what we are dealing with season to season. The extra caffeine buzz also definitely helps during the day!
  2. What do you Love Most about Uganda as a country?
    Having grown up in Kenya, Uganda offers a strong sense of what it was like growing up in Nairobi. Uganda also epitomises the East African culture of warmth and hospitality. Its no surprise that Uganda ranks high on the some of the World’s best places to live in for expatriates. The country’s beautiful hillsides make for spectacular landscapes, be in in Kampala or various upcountry locations.
  3. What makes Uganda so special among international buyers?
    Uganda offers high-quality robusta year round, which keeps the roaster’s supply chains flowing at all times. The recent intervention of the UCDA has also led not only to an increase in coffee production, but also improved quality. The Natural and Washed arabicas also have clear distinction from those of neighbouring producing countries, earning Ugandan coffee its own place with buyers through the years.







by Wambui Waigango, Kenya Chapter Coordinator

The Kenya Coffee Industry players have overwhelmingly endorsed the formation of the Kenyan Platform, aptly named ‘Sauti ya Kahawa’ . This inclusive initiative aims to bring together all major sectors of the Coffee industry to discuss and implement wide ranging initiatives in the Kenya Coffee Sector.

The Kenyan Coffee sector faces a multitude of problems and constraints, which has led to persisitent decline in the volumes of the coffee produced in the country over the recent years.

To read more please visit Page 31 of our July – September 2017 Magazine Issue.