Uganda’s Top Arabica and Robusta Coffees Shine at the NTOH
The Eastern African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA), in partnership with the Uganda Coffee Federation and the Uganda TOH Committee are pleased to announce the completion of the 2012 Taste of Harvest (ToH) Coffee Competition that was held at the UCDA Quality Lab in Kampala from 16th – 20th January 2012.
EAFCA’s ToH is the leading regional cupping competition in Eastern andSouthern Africaand has become the premier event on the coffee calendars of nine member countries. ToH provides producers, millers and exporters an opportunity to showcase their coffees and compete among themselves. While the main purpose of ToH is to identify and promoteUganda’s quality coffees, the competition has a much broader impact on the development of the national coffee sector by delivering competition, market linkages, promotion, capacity development and detailed coffee profiling for successful coffees that score 80+ points.
The event was Head Judged by Mbula Musau of the EAFCA Secretariat and Rocky Rhodes, an International Judge from Coffee Quality Institute,USA. They were supported by a team of highly qualified Arabica Q Grader and Robusta R-Grader cuppers fromUganda.
35 Uganda Arabica coffees were submitted from different regions ofUganda, and were roasted, cupped and scored using the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) internationally-recognized cupping protocol.
Arabica Top 5 (Uganda)
- Kawacom- Sipi Bugisu SHAMBA 86.02
- Ugacof- SL 14 Arabica Wugar 85.04
- Bukonzo Joint CFS- Drugar 84.21
- Great LakesRwenzori A+ 84.13
- Bukonzo Joint CFS- Wugar 83.89
Arabica Top 3 (DRC)
In addition toUgandacoffees, the judges evaluated 7 coffees from Democratic Republic of Congo DRC in the first ever DRC Taste of Harvest Competition where 7 samples were entered and best three were as follows:
- Coffee Lac-Goma North Kivu-Great Lakes 84.71
- CAPACO, Sprl. Arabica K 4 84.68
- Domaine de Katale, North Kivu K3 84.39
17 Ugandan Robustas submitted to the competition and were evaluated using the UCDA Robusta cupping protocol that was launched recently. The coffees were evaluated against key attributes including: fragrance/aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, uniformity, balance, clean cup, sweetness, and the overall cupper score. Information on those coffees that score above 80 will be disseminated to both EAFCA members and international buyers/importers/roasters immediately following the event.
Robusta Top 3 (Uganda)
- Sentamu CFA Nucafe 84.35
- Nucafe- Amach CFA FAQ 83.43
- BunjakoIslandCFA Sc. 15+ 83.05
EAFCA would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of the following key individuals and organizations who have generously contributed their time and funds to ensure the success of this event:
- USAID COMPETE
- Coffee Quality Institute
- Ripples Mineral Water
- EASE Agr
- UgandaCoffee Development Authority
We are extremely grateful for your commitment and support.