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Coffee Competition Winners Announced

February 11, 2014

Fasika Tadesse

Three coffee producers and exporters - from Jimma (in Oromia Region) and Gedeo and Yirgachefe (in the South Region) -were recognized for producing the finest coffees out of 91 competitors.

Lemma Edito & Childern Plc, from Limu Kose in the Jimma Zone, came first, scoring 88.4 points with natural coffee, Second came H.H.K Industrial Plc from Gedio Zone (Southern Region), scoring 87.75 points - also with natural coffee. Hailesellasie Ambaye Industrial Plc from Yirgachefe (Southern Region) achieved 87.6 points with a washed coffee,and came third.

The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), in partnership with the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Agricultural Growth Program-Agribusiness & Market Development (AGP-AMDe) - announced the 2013/ 2014 Taste of Harvest (ToH) coffee competition winners on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at the Elily International Hotel, located in the Kasanchis area, along Guinea Conakry Street.

The winner of forth and fifth place was the Mormora Coffee Plantation from Guji (in Oromia Region). The plantation came fourth scoring 87.57 points, with washed coffee. The same company took a certificate scoring 87.5pts with natural coffee.

The top five winning coffees will be promoted next week at the Annual African Fine Coffees Conference & Exhibition (AFCC&E) in Bujumbura, Burundi, and whole coffee samples will be presented on the AFCA website to help promote them.

Based on the call of the AFCA Ethiopia Chapter for the test of harvest competition, 91 washed and natural samples were submitted to the ECX by 42 growers, 24 cooperative unions and 34 exporters.

Judges were selected by the AFCA Ethiopia Chapter Stirring Committee (Members represented from the industry), with a selection criterion of senior experts on coffee quality - representative from the Industry, licensed and qualified graders and experienced for the protocol and TOH events.

In the three-phased inspection, 91 coffee samples were submitted during the first phase. It was narrowed down to the top 36 high scoring coffees, during the second and to the top 13 high scoring coffees during the last one.

The occasion is a coffee cupping competition to identify the finest Ethiopian coffees, in order to promote quality coffee by way of contributing to the development and marketing of the industry.

Established in 2000, the AFCA is a regional association with its secretariat located in Kampala, Uganda. The organization's mission is to promote the production, quality, consumption and trade of Africa's fine coffees in its eleven member countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The AFCA's membership includes: producers, millers, exporters, international importers, roasters, policymakers, transporters and trade representatives.

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Source: AllAfrica

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