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Last evening I received a joyous email from Emmanuel Rwakagara the General Manager at COOPAC cooperative in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Emmanuel forwarded me an email from his Managing Director stating the results of a cupping competition that they recently won. The competition was put on by East African Fine Coffee Association (EAFCA). EAFCA is similar to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, but based
By Ashley Symons, Equal Exchange
I went to elementary school in the Midwest in the early ‘90s. Every fall, we entered the school gymnasium to get pumped up for our annual fundraiser. This kick-off event was meant to energize us to sell, with lures of all the prizes we could win if we sold the most candy bars, tubs of popcorn, or wrapping paper.
This week, TransFair USA is excited to host a meeting of the Coffee Producers Advisory Council at our offices in Oakland.
The Coffee Producer Advisory Council gives the primary beneficiaries of our movement— coffee farmers— an opportunity to play a leading role in devising strategies for expanding the Fair Trade Certified market. The Council is comprised of 10 highly regarded leaders from cooperatives across Latin America, Africa and Asia.