Twin and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) have teamed up to tackle the constant problem faced by smallholder farmers, the inability to produce a high yield while still producing quality coffee.  This project involving 20 producer organisations in Rwanda and Burundi was started in February 2016 and will continue for the next year and a half with an investment of 1.8 million dollars in order to tackle quality issues and support coffee farmer's access to the specialty market.

As part of the project, from July 19-20, 2016, Twin and TMEA held a validation workshop on coffee quality control through best practices at wet mills across East Africa. Participants in the workshop included Coffee Board Representatives from East African countries, coffee buyers from USA and Europe and representatives of coffee cooperatives under the project.

1469143886Katherine Nolthe Ferguson senior coffee marketer at Twin standing collects coffee cupping results from experienced cuppers at the Starbucks lab in Kigali on Tuesday Emmanuel Ntirenganya

To read more on this workshop and the TMEA project, please visit The New Times.