Rwanda recognizes best coffee: Rwanda’s top quality coffees were awarded on Friday at colourful Cup of Excellence awards ceremony, as Rwanda celebrates 10 years of recognising coffee farmers.
Twenty eight out of 344 coffee lots that had registered for the competition were announced winners of the Cup of Excellence Award, 2018 after exceeding 86.62 marks.
The top three lots got beyond 90 marks, therefore becoming ‘presidential award’ winners. These are: Twumba coffee, from Karongi District, Western Province ( 90.53), Mayogi Coopertative from Gicumbi, Northern Province (90.06) and Murundo Coffee Washing Station from Nyamasheke, Western Province (90.03).
Winning coffees are chosen through a strict competition conducted by a selected group of national and international cuppers and are cupped at least five different times during the competition process.
Best coffees are auctioned after the award ceremony and get secured by the highest bidders. For instance, the first winner coffee lot at the previous competition was sold at 84USD per Kg. The top best coffees for this year will be auctioned next month.
The Cup of excellence awards ceremony is organised by the Government of Rwanda in partnership with Alliance for Coffee Excellence as an opportunity to recognise and compensate individual farmers who make efforts to produce a unique flavour of Rwandan Coffee.
Since the Cup of Excellence was launched in Rwanda in 2008, the winning coffees have attracted buyers from Asia, Europe and United States of America. The Cup of Excellence has also facilitated a linkage between Rwandan coffee farmers and buyers who appreciate top quality coffee and are willing to pay a premium price for it.
More facts About Cup of Excellence in Rwanda
- The first ever Cup of Excellence competition was held in August 2008 and continued in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- The first winner coffee lot at the previous competition was sold at 84USD per Kg.
- Below is the overview of Cup of Excellence since its beginning in 2008:
Income Generated $
First winner price/Kg