Twumba Coffee wins returning Rwanda Cup of Excellence

Twumba Coffee has placed first in the 2018 Cup of Excellence (COE) in Rwanda, with a score of 90.53.

Mayogi women’s cooperative from the northern province of Rwanda was the runner up, scoring 90.06.

Neither of the top two washing stations had previously entered the competition.

The competition was held from 7 to 10 August in Kigali, Rwanda after a two-year break.

The event marks the 10th anniversary of the first CoE. Rwanda was the first African country to conduct the program administered by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence.

This year’s program set a record for all-time entries with more than 344 washing stations entering the competition.

Of those, the national jury narrowed it down to the top 150 lots. Only 40 qualified with a score of 88 and above to pass through to the international jury.

This included representatives from Japan, United Sates, South Korea, United Kingdom, Germany, El Salvador, Australia, Switzerland, China, France, Burundi and Costa Rica.

Coffees from the western, southern and northern provinces of Rwanda were represented in the final results.

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence will auction the top 28 Rwandan coffees on 20 September.

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