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LIST: Coffee Producers With Highest Cupping Scores In Best Of The Pearl 2023 Arabica Competition Named

Judges in a cupping session during finals of the 3rd Best of the Pearl 2023 Arabica Competition

 The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has announced the winners of the 3rd Edition “Best of the Pearl” Arabica Coffee Competition in Uganda.

The competition, organized by UCDA in partnership with the Uganda Coffee Federation and supported by the European Union through the Coffee and Cocoa Value Chains Development (CoCoDev) Project, run from 3rd to 14th April 2023 at the UCDA Coffee Quality Laboratory.

UCDA says this annual competition is used to identify high quality producers.

A total of seventy-five samples of Arabica coffees were cupped, graded and analyzed by a panel of qualified and experienced local judges namely Brenda Kamara Kemigisha Mangeni (Head Judge),

Donald Isingoma Kiima, Jacob Batereiregha, Naume Komuhangi, and Jonathan Mugerwa.

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The judges used the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) Fine Arabica score sheet and protocols to identify and select the best Arabica coffees from across Uganda.

The three categories were Natural coffee, Honey coffee and Washed coffee.

Natural coffee (also called unwashed coffee) refers to the dry process of preparing coffee beans.

In honey processing, the pulp (skin) and fruit are removed from the coffee cherry, leaving a thin layer of sticky mucilage during the drying stage.

In a washed process coffee, this mucilage would be cleaned off completely before drying.

After three rounds of cupping for the Natural category and two rounds for the Honey and Washed  coffees, Mugamba Organic Farm emerged the winner with a score of  87 under the Natural Coffee category,  Mountain Harvest Coffee scored 85 to emerge the winner under the Honey Coffee category  and The Coffee Yard won the Washed Coffee category with 86.5.
The table below indicates details of the results and flavour profiles of the coffees that made it to the final round:

Results and Flavour Profiles from the Final Round of the Best of the Pearl 2023 Arabica Competition

Taddewo William Senyonyi
William is a seasoned business and finance journalist. He is also an agripreneur and a coffee enthusiast.

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