The Africa Fine Coffee Association (AFCA), a regional organisation representing all coffee producing countries in Africa, has partnered with the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and the Uganda Tourism Board to promote the lucrative industry at an event dubbed the 16th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition.
Founded in July 2000, AFCA is a regional non-profit, non-political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“Partnering with Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Uganda Tourism Board is a great honour,” the Association said in a recent statement ahead of the exhibition, which is set to be hosted in Uganda in February next year.
The three day conference is Africa’s largest coffee trade platform. The event will bring together more than 2,000 regional and international coffee roasters, traders, producers, professionals and connoisseurs under one roof.
The latest edition of the event will involve a business to business (B2B) matchmaking drive as AFCA moves to improve its networking experience by allowing coffee stakeholders to have their coffees cupped.
Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals known as ‘Q Graders’.
This year, AFCA officials reported that a total of 49 coffees from all over East Africa were cupped alongside 20 coffees from the National Taste of Harvest Competitions.
“Interest to purchase over 25 containers or $1 million worth of the East African Coffee was raised from the event,” the Association said in a statement.
AFCA intends to keep holding the event every year at its conference.