Addis Ababa February 17/2017 The 15th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition has helped share experiences alongside promoting the continent’s fine coffees to the rest of the world, foreign and local exhibitors said.
Over 100 exhibitors from across the world displayed coffee produces, machinery and packaging facilities, among others, at the 15th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition that ended today.
The Kenyan exhibitor, Paul Aduda of Marketing Manager of THIKA Coffee Mills, said the exhibition was very important, especially for African coffee countries, as it brought together producers, local and international buyers, and created forum for networking.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Aduda said the conference and exhibition has also served to create awareness among farmers, growers, roasters, buyers and marketers.
Herman Kusaga, a coffee trader from Mambo Coffee Tanzania, commented that “this is an opportunity for me to meet colleagues to work together”.
“It is also very important for me to expand my knowledge and to understand how things are done in other places”, he added.
General Manager of Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union of Uganda, John Nuwagaba, said “I am happy the way we have exhibited. We have received many inquires and many visitors. Finally, we leave from here with big deals with international buyers in the birth place of coffee Ethiopia”.
Export Manager of S. Sara Coffee Export Enterprise of Ethiopia, Dawit Dessie, said on his part the conference and exhibition has created opportunity to promote the country’s fine coffees to the rest of the world.
Participants of the event visited coffee farming lands in Sidamo, Kaffa and others places, which is an opportunity to show where the country is positioning in the sector, the manager added.
The next African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition will be held in 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda, it was learned.