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AUG-SEP 2019

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P U L L : E V E N T S LET'S TALK COFFEE KIGALI, RWANDA JUNE 17–21, 2019 PHOTOS BY CLAY ENOS (UNLESS NOTED) In mid-June, approximately 400 coffee professionals gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, for the latest edition of Let's Talk Coffee (LTC), an annual event produced by Portland, Ore.-based coffee importer Sustainable Harvest. LTC 2019's primary sponsors included Sustainable Growers and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The theme of the event was "Family Farming as a Business," and sessions focused on how to improve incomes and livelihoods no matter the fl uctuations of the coffee market. Clockwise from top left: On the fi rst night of LTC Rwanda, 10 baristas from Kigali competed in the Ultimate Barista Competition. Although only three people in the audience of hundreds raised their hands when asked if they knew what a barista was, they all stayed, watched intensely, and cheered throughout the competition. Question Coffee barista Beatrice "Betty" Musaniwabo won the competition. Following the event in Kigali, LTC attendees had the opportunity to visit producer co-ops around Rwanda. In this photo, the women of the Twongere Umusaruro Wa Kawa (TUK) co-op lead guests through their coffee fi elds. Smayah Uwajeneza leads a triangulation cupping competition wherein coffee growers tried their hand at picking out the odd cup. (Read more about Smayah on page 68 of this issue!) Under the equatorial sun, the members of the Nyampinga co-op welcomed LTC attendees with a traditional dance. Many coffee-growing co-ops in Rwanda are overwhelmingly female, and Bloomberg Philanthropies supports Sustainable Growers specifi cally because of the work they do to improve income and living conditions for women. Ruth Coleman, executive director of Sustainable Growers, gives the opening remarks welcoming the attendees who represented both coffee-producing and consuming countries, most of whom hailed from co-ops in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. PHOTO BY KENNETH R. OLSON 38 barista magazine

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