Japanese Experts are now Certified Specialists in Mild Coffee Quality Control

February, 2015

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Japanese Experts are now Certified Specialists in Mild Coffee Quality Control

Bogota, February 13 2015 (FNC Press) – After two weeks of experiencing what lies behind Café de Colombia, the sixteen Japanese experts from roaster and trading companies who participated in the International Café de Colombia Cupping Course are now certified specialists in mild coffee quality control. The course, which is organized by Almacafé and has been offered by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) for the past eleven years, has certified nearly 150 Japanese experts.


During the closing ceremony, participants received a diploma and an ID that recognizes them as cuppers of mild Colombian coffee. They also received a silver spoon that symbolizes the quality and strict cupping process that Colombian coffee undergoes. Once the ceremony was over, Juan Valdez, the icon that represents Café de Colombia, joined the event and surprised the Japanese experts.

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A rewarding experience

Participants acquired in-depth knowledge of the Colombian coffee sector by visiting the Department of Huila’s coffee growing area, the National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafé), Buencafé Freeze Dried Colombian Coffee. And the storage warehouses of Almacafé.

According to Takahiro Kubo, from Ogawa Coffee, “I focus on research and development, and use coffee as a raw material to develop flavors and fragrances. Although the Japanese market tends to place a greater importance on flavor and aroma, it is increasingly becoming more interested in sustainability and in the social component that surrounds the industry. If sustainability is guaranteed, the stable provision of a high quality raw material such as coffee is also guaranteed. The course allowed me to witness how the FNC works at all levels to ensure sustainability and to guarantee that the best coffee is chosen.”

With an average of 1.1 million bags purchased annually, Japan is the second largest buyer of Colombian coffee. By selling sophisticated products with high value added, Japan went from being a mere buyer of green coffee to becoming a strategic partner for Café de Colombia.

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