The Cup of Excellence is the most esteemed award given out for top coffees. These awards come from a strict competition that selects the very best coffee produced in that country for that particular year. These winning coffees are chosen by a selected group of national and international cuppers and are cupped at least five different times during the competition process. Only coffees that continuously score high enough are allowed to move forward in the competition. The final winners are awarded the prestigious Cup of Excellence® and sold to the highest bidder during an internet auction.
Rwanda has for the 6th time awarded the best locally produced coffee, as this year’s edition of Cup of Excellence comes to an end. These competitions are organized as part of efforts to encourage quality production, attract many clients across the world as well as increase the revenue from the sector.
The dignitaries that were present included, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources Mr. Musabyimana Innocent, the governor of Eastern Province, Mrs. Uwamaliya Odette, the Chief Executive Officer of NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga, The Cup of Excellence Excutive Director Susie Spinder, the members of parliament and mayors from different districts.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Permanent secretary in the ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources reminded the farmers that coffee plays a vital role to the national economy and also to the farmers who depend on it directly.
He advised the Eastern province coffee farmers to improve on the quality of their coffee since 50% of the exported coffee are from the Eastern province and yet their coffee has not appeared among the best ones awarded.
The ceremony to award the best coffees was held at Musaza sector, Kirehe district in the Eastern province where 28 best local coffees out of 172 lots that entered the competition were awarded.
CFC Muhondo Coffee washing station, based in Gakenke district, merged as the best of all the lots after scoring 91 per cent and was awarded presidential award while Muyongwe coffee washing stations from Gakenke district, Gihombo coffee( Ruvumbu CWS) in Nyamasheke district were first and second runners-up respectively.
The winning coffees will be sampled and sent across the world to a large range of companies worldwide. The winning coffee will also be shipped and served to the coffee connoisseurs around the world, increasing awareness of the high quality Rwandan coffee.