BOGOTÁ, Colombia – A total of 16 Japanese experts from the most prestigious companies in the coffee sector in Japan will take part, during two weeks, in the course Mild Coffee Quality Control Specialist taught by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC).
The course dates back to 2005 and has trained 216 Japanese experts. In 2020 takes place the sixteenth version, which includes visits to coffee regions and FNC branches.
With this activity, the purpose of the FNC is to strengthen the relationship between Colombia and Japan, the second largest importer of Colombian coffee after the USA, and to share the accumulated knowledge in quality control.
“The Colombian coffee growers receive these strategies very well because they bring the end buyer closer. It is also an invitation to recognize, through better prices, all the efforts of producers to obtain highest-quality coffee as the Colombian one and the FNC’s work to keep this business profitable,” Fernando Osorio, Almacafé’s Coffee Quality director, said.
Mirinaga Milk Industry, Tokyo Allied Coffee Roasters, Capital Corporation, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited, MC Agri Alliance, Nippon Coffee Trading, Namame Hompo (Colombia Coffee CO. LTD), Marubeni Corporation, Ogawa & CO. LTD, Art Coffee, UCC Ueshima Coffee and S. Ishimit are the companies participating in the course this year.
Their representatives will visit the National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafé), the Buencafé freeze-dried coffee factory, Almacafé’s warehouses, the Coffee Park, the port of Cartagena and different farms, which will allow them to know in depth the development of coffee farming, the production process, quality analysis, cupping and roasting plants, among other experiences.
“I’m sure that everything you’ll see on this tour will surprise you, not only in coffee matters, but regarding all the wonders that Colombia offers, including its weather,” the FNC CEO, Roberto Vélez, said in the course kickoff.
“I don’t have the slightest doubt that this is and will continue being one of the best ways to deliver greater returns to producers, and for you as businesspeople to recognize all the effort behind this great work and make coffee farming a profitable business again,” he added.