On the 11th to 20th October 2010, EAFCA in partnership with CQI rolled out the first Q-Grader training in Zambia & held the annual National Taste of Harvest Competition in Lusaka Zambia. The team consisting Mbula Musau assisting Jeremy Raths and Eric Taylor was hosted by Zambia Coffee Growers Association.
Q – Grader Trainings
The Q grader trainings held at Zambia Coffee Growers Association ran from Monday 11th October to 18th October 2010 and brought together seven participants from Japan, Zambia & South Africa.
CQI’s Q Coffee System plays a vital role in locating specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is a common language between buyers and sellers that draws attention to more specialty coffees while creating an infrastructure that gives producers greater opportunities to enter the marketplace and to increase their economic viability.
Taste of Harvest
On the 20 October 2010, the Taste of Harvest Competition was held with a total of 5 coffee samples submitted from various areas of the country. The judges were:
- Dan Mukutuma
- Joseph Taguma
- Jeremy Raths – Head Judge
- So Tamai
- Teija Lublinkhof
The top three coffees were;
- Chisoba Farms, Grade AA 84.10
- Munali Coffee SL 28, Grade AA Pulp Natural 83.95
- Kapinga Enterprises SL 28 – Grade AA 82.10
The objective of EAFCA Taste of Harvest is to foster increased domestic and international awareness of the unique coffees produced in the member countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and to create a platform for exposure of these coffees to international buyers/importers/traders, roasters and consumers.
The coffee club was held on Wednesday afternoon at Portico Italian Restaurant in Lusaka.This luncheon was cordially sponsored by the Zambia Coffee Growers Association, ZCGA.
Zambia’s EAFCA Chapter Chair, Mr. Benny Zimba awarded certificates to the participants as well as the winning TOH coffee samples.