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Retired police officer won the seventh edition of the FNC’s Departmental Quality Competition “Valle
  • TheDepartmental Quality Competition “Valle Cafetero 2011” encouraged coffee growers to implement sustainable practices during the harvesting, production, and post harvest (beneficio) processes.
  • Coffee Grower Cooperatives paid premiums to the top three coffee lots in their respective influence zones. The Departmental Coffee Growers Committee of Valle del Cauca rewarded the top five lots in the department with additional cash incentives.
  • “Coffee has become my passion. Ever since I invested my savings in recovering my father´s farm I’ve concentrated my daily efforts in coffee production. Currently I have nearly two hectares of Castillo Variety, a resistant variety to coffee leaf rust,” said Arbey Yepes, winner of the Departmental Quality Competition.   

 Cali, January, 23, 2012.The seventh edition of the FNC´s Departmental Quality Competition “Valle Cafetero 2011” rewarded coffee growers who employed sustainable practices during the harvesting, production, and post harvest (beneficio) processes. A group of expert tasters selected the best five coffees in the department after submitting all the inscribed samples to a physical examination based on cup attributes such as fragrance, acidity, body, taste, balance, consistency, cleanliness, and sweetness.

Contest winners were rewarded with their respective certificate and the purchasing of their coffee. Each Coffee Grower Cooperative paid premiums to the top three coffee lots in its respective influence zone, and the Departmental Coffee Growers Committee of Valle del Cauca rewarded the top five lots in the department with additional cash incentives.

Arbey Yepes, a retired police officer who four years ago decided to invest his savings in coffee, won first place in the competition because of the excellent quality of his coffee. The recognition rewards his permanent effort, dedication and commitment throughout the past years. “Coffee has become my passion. Ever since I invested my savings in recovering my father´s farm I’ve concentrated my daily efforts in coffee production. Currently I have nearly two hectares of Castillo Variety, a resistant variety to coffee leaf rust,” said Yepes.    

According to Yepes, the advice provided by the FNC´s Extension Service (ES) was extremely useful for winning the Quality Competition. “Thanks to the ES´s training in matters regarding Good Agricultural Practices I learned that coffee needs special treatments such as keeping it out of the reach of animals and washing it four times. Considering the award I was just recognized with, I think I’m on the right track towards producing high quality coffee,” concluded the winner of the competition.  

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