Monday, 1st October 2018 saw the world celebrate the international Coffee Day with the main feature being Women In Coffee and oh,what a great way to celebrate our women in coffee all along the coffee value chain.
Kenya being a producer country held its official celebrations for the day in county number twenty, Kirinyaga County at General Kassam show ground and as with the rest of the world the theme of the day was women in coffee.
A beautiful event it was, full of colour and glam, millennials would say it was lit! Exhibitors exhibited their wares, brewers brew, triangulators triangulated, farmers tasted their homegrown coffees with excitement as the school pupils sang and recited poems. At the stand where yours sincerely was, the Utake coffee stand, It was all fun and learning as farmers triangulated different coffees of the world, I bet they learnt a lot! They sure left aware that just as tea has different tastes and flavors, so does coffee!
There was all manner of exhibitions from coffees, to coffee wares, to farm machinery, to farm inputs and so many others.
The Alliance of women in Coffee had a stand where they displayed their coffees and work as some of their fellows were celebrated for creating milestones and breaking new frontiers in their areas of work as well as their contribution to the Coffee sector here in Kenya and the world. You can check out more about women In Coffee here
The awards included;
~Academic Excellence Award awarded to Dr. Cecilia Kathurima of Coffee Research Institute for outstanding Academic Qualification.
~Academic Excellence Award awarded to Dr. Regina Mwangi of Dedan Kimathi University for outstanding Academic Qualification.
~International Accreditation Award awarded to Mbula Musau of Utake coffee for attaining international accreditation in coffee profession.
~Women entrepreneurs Award awarded to Grace Ndoro of Romano Coffee for successful entrepreneurship in coffee business.
~Women Entrepreneurs Award awarded to Margret Lucy Ndei of Le Alvin coffee for successful entrepreneurship in coffee business.
~Youth Training Award awarded to Esther Otieno of Baristapro for promoting youth training in coffee
~Woman producer Award awarded to Mary Maina of Manyeki Estate for being an outstanding small scale coffee farmer.
Congratulations to you all ladies.
Below are some pictures from the celebrations.
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