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Rwanda Scoops International Coffee Award

by Leonard Nshimiyimana
11:52 am

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza poses for a photo with an award winner

Rwanda coffee has won one of the international coffee award conferred to the best coffee growers in the world.

“The second Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award 2017” was offered to Rwanda in the ceremony held in New York City, United States of America (USA).

Out of 27 contestants, three nationals; Jean Bosco Ngabonziza, Tumwamini Ndamwemera Jean Paul and Faustin Nzabarakize were awarded for their coffee’s unique aroma.

Their prizes were handed to Rwanda’s ambassador to the United Nations, Valentine Rugwabiza.

According to National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) statistics, Rwanda exported 18.4 tons of coffee and earned  $58.5 million in 2016-2017 fiscal year compared to 19.5 tons made $60.7 million in 2015-2016.

It is projected that there will be an annual average export growth rate of 29 per cent translating to $104.3 million by 2018.

The annual coffee event organized by Illy Family  recognizes 3 best coffees from 9 most important producing countries; Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Rwanda.

Founded in 1933, the Ernesto Illy Family owns coffee business in 140 countries across the globe with estimated net worth $432.1 million in 2015.

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