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Founded in July 2000, the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) is a regional non profit, non political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries namely Burundi, D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Secretariat is hosted in Kampala, Uganda.

AFCA members include both private and public sector coffee stakeholders including producers, exporters, international importers, roasters, policy makers, transporters and trade representatives.

Our Core Activities:       

A. Trade & Market Expansion

  • International Promotional Events
    AFCA facilitates member attendance at premier specialty coffee events held worldwide to promote and prominently feature their finest coffees. Additionally, AFCA annually hosts the African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition.

  • Trade Missions
    AFCA organizes trade missions for its members to selected target markets to enhance market linkages and build business relations.

  • Market Linkages & Business Relationships (“African Coffee Connection” events & Coffee Clubs)
    AFCA hosts and organizes the “African Coffee Connection” networking functions at international coffee events in coffee consuming countries to enhance market linkages through networking and building of trade relations. AFCA also hosts “Coffee Clubs” in AFCA member countries to facilitate networking among members.

  • Coffee Auctions
    AFCA is currently in the process of researching on feasibility of hosting regional coffee auctions.

B. Product & Quality Enhancement

  • National Coffee Cupping Competitions
    AFCA organizes and conducts annual national coffee cupping competitions (regional Taste of Harvest events) to promote awareness of fine coffee within member countries and enhance coffee quality.

  • African Taste of Harvest Competition
    The national coffee cupping competitions held in each member country, culminate in the African Taste of Harvest competition held at the annual African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition, where the winning coffees from each country are submitted for judging.

  • Capacity Building / Trainings
    Training workshops are held regularly on country and regional basis in marketing, quality enhancement, grading, cupping, brewing etc.

  • National Barista Championships
    AFCA disseminates positive information about coffee consumption in Africa and sponsors National Barista Championships to promote proper coffee brewing, its appreciation and domestic consumption.

African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition

Our Vision:
Sustainable businesses for happy coffee people.

Our Mission:
To grow the African coffee industry for the benefit of all.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Capacity development (Knowledge, skills and attitude change). Also includes all other interventions towards increasing quality and quantity.
  2. Creating market linkages and growing business relationships
  3. Strengthening chapters for implementation of the country programs.
  4. Brand building, advocacy and representation.
  5. Development of the secretariat as an institution.


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