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Cameroon Coffee: Efforts To Improve Quality Heightens

A training session by NCCB brought coffee expert from AFCA to impact stakeholders in the coffee chain on quality. 

It is common for businessmen to discuss business over a bottle of drink but very rare for such discussions to be held over a cup of coffee. Thus coffee drinking habit in Cameroon is still very timid. In the same light, one can count tens of beer parlours along a busy street but will seldom spot a coffee house in some neighbourhoods in Cameroon. To encourage coffee drinking, quality and quantity coffee production as well as to attract international market, the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB) invited experts from the African Fine Coffee Association, AFCA, to train cooperatives, producer, coffee house owners, millers and roasters on good coffee processing practices, cupping and barrister training amongst others. Among the trainees are 10 AFCA members including NCCB, NWCA, UCCAO, COPAGRO and TERRECAM. Some participants after the training confirmed that with the cupping exercise, they can now tell the characteristics of coffee as well as distinguish the different types of coffee flavour depending on how it is roasted. From the flavour they can equally know the post-harvest and conservation techniques used. Others discovered the three major types of roasted coffee including light roast, medium and dark roast which equally gives coffee some flavour. They were as well discouraged from under roast and over roast coffee since it gives the coffee no flavour and makes it bitter respectively. The Quality Controller for North West Cooperative Association, Kiyang Neng Delphine admitted that she now knows which coffee will sell well and why and added that thanks to acquired skills, NWCA will improve on their quality and quantity as well as gain favour on the international market. The training is amongst the activities to mark the sixth edition of FESTICOFFEE and it came at a time the domestic traded volumes of coffee rose from 20,270 tons in the 2016/2017 coffee season to 25,315 tons during the 2017/2018 season. The 25,315 tons were produced by 46 producer organisations in six major coffee-producing regions with the Littoral and the West regions trading 82 per cent of total Robusta while just the North West and the West traded Arabica coffee. The traded coffee were exported to Europe and the USA by 22 exporters.

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A training session by NCCB brought coffee expert from AFCA to impact stakeholders in the coffee chain on quality. 

It is common for businessmen to discuss business over a bottle of drink but very rare for such discussions to be held over a cup of coffee. Thus coffee drinking habit in Cameroon is still very timid. In the same light, one can count tens of beer parlours along a busy street but will seldom spot a coffee house in some neighbourhoods in Cameroon. To encourage coffee drinking, quality and quantity coffee production as well as to attract international market, the National Cocoa and Coffee Board (NCCB) invited experts from the African Fine Coffee Association, AFCA, to train cooperatives, producer, coffee house owners, millers and roasters on good coffee processing practices, cupping and barrister training amongst others. Among the trainees are 10 AFCA members including NCCB, NWCA, UCCAO, COPAGRO and TERRECAM. Some participants after the training confirmed that with the cupping exercise, they can now tell the characteristics of coffee as well as distinguish the different types of coffee flavour depending on how it is roasted. From the flavour they can equally know the post-harvest and conservation techniques used. Others discovered the three major types of roasted coffee including light roast, medium and dark roast which equally gives coffee some flavour. They were as well discouraged from under roast and over roast coffee since it gives the coffee no flavour and makes it bitter respectively. The Quality Controller for North West Cooperative Association, Kiyang Neng Delphine admitted that she now knows which coffee will sell well and why and added that thanks to acquired skills, NWCA will improve on their quality and quantity as well as gain favour on the international market. The training is amongst the activities to mark the sixth edition of FESTICOFFEE and it came at a time the domestic traded volumes of coffee rose from 20,270 tons in the 2016/2017 coffee season to 25,315 tons during the 2017/2018 season. The 25,315 tons were produced by 46 producer organisations in six major coffee-producing regions with the Littoral and the West regions trading 82 per cent of total Robusta while just the North West and the West traded Arabica coffee. The traded coffee were exported to Europe and the USA by 22 exporters.

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