Rwanda is ready for the 8th edition of the Cup of Excellence competition

NAEB.

The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) is proud to announce that the Cup of Excellence, the most esteemed international award given out for top quality coffees in a country will be held in Rwanda, for the 8th time, in July-August 2018.

These awards come from a strict competition that selects the very best coffee produced in one specific country for a particular year.

It is in line with the responsibility of NAEB to promote sustainable increased returns to small coffee farmers through increasing volume and quality of production and improved marketing.

NAEB registered to be member of International Coffee Organisation and Alliance Coffee Excellence who prepare the international quality coffee competition known as Cup of Excellence.

Rwanda started to participate in Cup of Excellence since 2008 and many outcomes have been recorded since then: The winning coffees have mainly attracted buyers from Asia, Europe and United States of America where coffee consumption is exponentially increasing and where high specialty coffee is remarkably appreciated.

The Cup of Excellence stimulates the sales and the image of those roasters who acquired the best coffees during auctions and has been a linkage between Rwandan coffee farmers and buyers who appreciate top quality coffee and are willing to pay a premium price for it. For example, the first winner coffee lot at the previous competition was sold at 84USD per Kg. The competition has dramatically enhanced the lives of the farmers, their families and the community at large.

For consumers, the Cup of Excellence award label is a guarantee for top coffee that has been judged to be best by professional cuppers. Often these award-winning coffees are so good that consumer’s expectations over coffee’s taste are definitely exceeded.

This year, the Cup of Excellence kicked off last week with a preselection stage of 374 registered lots for the competition. These lots were provided by coffee cooperatives from around the country.

The next phase will be comprised of a series of cupping sessions by experienced group of national and international cuppers as well as observers who are the potential buyers of Rwandan best coffee. Only coffees that will continuously score high enough will be allowed to the next stage of competition.

The prestigious Cup of Excellence will be awarded to the final winners on the 10thAugust 2018, and their coffees will be sold to the highest bidders during an Internet auction that will take place in the following weeks.

In 2015, Muyongwe Coffee Washing Station in Gakenke District was the winner of the 7th edition of the Cup of Excellence competition in Rulindo District, scored 90.42 per cent and was presented with a Presidential Award in a ceremony that saw the awarding of 24 best varieties of coffee from 208 lots that participated in the competition.

The cup of excellence comes from a strict competition where the best coffee produced in the country for a particular year is selected. The winning coffees are chosen by a selective group of national and international cuppers and the chosen are cupped in five different sessions during the competition process.

Only coffees that continuously score high points are allowed to move forward in the competition. The final winning coffees are sold to the highest bidder during the live internet auction.

Rwanda’s coffee exports grew by 10.9 per cent in volume over the first half of last year, with 5,956.9 tonnes shipped out compared to 5,141 tonnes of coffee that were exported over the same period in 2015, according to figures from the Central Bank.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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