The permanent mission of Uganda to the UN together with Inspire Coffee held a two-day coffee cupping and tasting event from 9th to 10th September 2021. The first event was hosted by the REMI43, a cafe in Manhattan New York where different coffee flavors were served to UN diplomats and UN staff members in a bid to market Uganda‘s distinctive Robusta and Arabica coffee.
On Friday, the cupping and tasting event was held at the Uganda Mission in New York. The event was attended by Ambassadors and senior diplomats to the UN. The Ugandan Coffee was curated by staff of the American Academy of coffee excellency. The tasting event was the first to be hosted at Uganda House where diplomats concurrently showed a growing consumer interest in cupping. The diplomats revealed that there is a huge potential for wider-scale cupping events in New York.
They also pledged to help the supply chain actors in their country to develop better longer-lasting relationships with Uganda. One after another, members of the diplomatic corps enjoyed the different coffee flavors.
The CEO of Inspire Africa Coffee, Mr. Nelson Tugume narrated what inspired him to start his organization, a story that moved guests and picked the interest of many.
“We at the UN will make sure that the policies of the UN are helping the small farmer,” said Amb Adonia Ayebare noting that this was in line with the 2030 SDGs.
“The world runs on coffee, the UN needs coffee and Uganda’s coffee is the best and is what we need,” said Burhan Gafoor Ambassador of Singapore to the UN.