Ankara: The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Ankara, headed by HE Nusura Tiperu Omar, Ambassador-designate of Uganda to the Republic of Turkey, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters and Uganda Development Authority coffee (UCDA), organized a Coffee Tasting and Tasting Session at Walker’s Coffee House in Ankara.
The event held on Sunday, October 16, 2022 is one of the activities the Embassy has undertaken to commemorate Uganda’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
The purpose of the event was to increase and promote awareness of Ugandan coffee among Turkish importers and consumers.
Ugandan coffee exports to Turkey currently stand at 3,000 bags per month.
Tasting or coffee tasting is how coffee is tasted by growers and buyers around the world to check the quality of a batch of coffee. When tasting, coffees are rated for aspects such as cleanliness, sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel and aftertaste.
In his welcoming remarks, His Excellency Nusura Tiperu Omar welcomed the guests to the coffee tasting/tasting session and highlighted that coffee is one of Uganda’s main cash crops and the largest source currency being among the top five export commodities from Uganda.
Coffee accounts for around 13-15% of total export earnings and is the country’s second largest foreign exchange earner.
Ambassador Tiperu reiterated that the event is in line with the Ministry/Embassy’s policy to promote trade and economic diplomacy to enhance bilateral trade between Uganda and Turkey.
She further explained that this mandate to promote economic and trade diplomacy requires the Embassy to ensure that Ugandan products are promoted, tangibly and stocked on store shelves and Ugandan coffee served in many restaurants. and Turkish cities of Istanbul, Antalya, Ismir, Bursa to name a few.
Ambassador Tiperu briefed the participants on the high importance attached to coffee cultivation and consumption in Uganda, noting that it is embedded not only in the economy but also in the culture.
The Ambassador further observed that Uganda has seen growth in the coffee industry, making it the largest exporter of coffee by volumes. Uganda is also the largest producer of Robusta coffee and the second largest producer of Arabica coffee, after Ethiopia, in Africa.
“Uganda is not only a good place to do business, but also a place where an investor will get the best return on investment,” she pointed out.
According to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), Uganda grows two types of coffee: Robusta and Arabica in a 4:1 ratio. Arabica is grown at altitudes between 1,300 and 2,300 m above sea level; while Robusta is grown at altitudes ranging from 900m to 1500m above sea level, which makes Ugandan coffee have very good intrinsic qualities due to the high altitude, soils and systems agricultural products that are difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
Uganda Robusta has a remarkably impressive cup when wet processed. It is commonly considered to be of exceptional quality and retains its taste qualities very well, which is not always the case with other washed Robusta coffees.
The wild Robusta variety of coffee that still grows today in the Ugandan rainforests is believed to be one of the rarest examples of natural coffee trees in the world.
Uganda is Africa’s second largest coffee producer after Ethiopia and the continent’s largest exporter.
Current coffee production stands at 8 million 60 kg bags while exports stand at 6.08 million 60 kg bags for the year ending 2020.
The event brought together a commendable section of members of the Turkish business community, especially those dealing with the coffee trade and members of the Ugandan community in Ankara, Istanbul, among others.