The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has issued a statement about contingency measures it is taking due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Alliance for Coffee Excellence owns and operates the Cup of Excellence competition and auction. Executive Director Darrin Daniel said ACE “would like to announce our commitment to all of the coffee producers who participate in our events around the world.” Mr Daniel said, “We are working on contingency plans to ensure that we will properly vet all entries, support all in-country partners and assure our membership that we will present coffees for all of the 2020 auctions.
“It is imperative that we back our producers during the Covid-19 virus outbreak,” said Mr Daniel. “In addition to our programming of coffee competitions, we conduct trainings and educational courses around the world. These classes will be rescheduled until we have a clearer picture on travel bans and other considerations of public gatherings.
“We will also ensure that the health of all of our staff, consultants and in-country stakeholders is tantamount to our mission.
“As this situation remains fluid and travel restrictions may hinder our ability to hold ceremonies or sensory sessions, we are prepared to employ a host of different measures that will allow ACE and our in-country partners to continue the process of evaluation and discovery of the highest quality coffees around the world.
“Though we are all facing a lot of unknowns, we are working hard to assure the continuity of the programme as best as we can.
“Over the past 20 years, we have faced many challenges and our organization remains committed to farmers and will work through this pandemic. We will be sending out updates and sharing resource information regarding all aspects of our programming so please check our website and social media feeds.”