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AUG-SEP 2019

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Clockwise from top left: The competitors from the Ultimate Barista Competition pose after the announcement of the winner. Competitors prepared espresso, a latte, and a V60 pourover. Traditionally, most Rwandans don't drink coffee, and many of the baristas had not tried it until they started working professionally in a café. Question Coffee and other third-wave coffeehouses in Rwanda are trying to build a domestic market for specialty coffee. At the Nyampinga co-op, LTC attendee Aurora Izquierdo, who represents the Asoanei co-op in Colombia, joined in a dance with the Nyampinga members. Traditional dancers perform for LTC attendees at the welcome reception to kick off the event in Kigali. David Griswold, founder of Sustainable Harvest, talks about the experience of building nonprofi t, philanthropic, and industry partnerships to help improve working conditions for coffee farmers in Rwanda and around the globe. Attendees placed their hands on their hearts as Ati Quigua and Aurora Izquierdo from Colombia's Asoanei co-op led a spiritual blessing meant to encourage the interconnectedness of all things. PHOTO BY KENNETH R. OLSON PHOTO BY KENNETH R. OLSON 39

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