Nagaland Coffee receives silver plague at Aurora International Taste Challenge

Kohima: Nagaland Coffee has been awarded the Silver Plaque for securing the fourth position during the third annual Aurora International Taste Challenge 2021 in Coffee Criteria. 

The challenge took place at the end of September last year near Stellenbosch, South Africa to celebrate and pay tribute to universal food quality. 

Director of Noble Cause Pvt Ltd, based in South Africa and Managing Director for Naga Coffee Pvt Ltd India, Dr. Pieter Vermeulen informed that Nagaland coffee won the award in the coffee criteria for “blended black coffee.”

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Interacting with media persons, Vermeulen informed that Thailand, South America and the different estates participated in the challenge. 

According to him, the award is a great achievement for Nagaland, especially to see that all processes developed through the years are now starting to receive recognition. 

Vermeulen said that it has only taken seven years for Nagaland to have achieved the remarkable feat. 

To enhance Nagaland coffee, he said that the focus will now be in developing better quality during post harvest process to enable the state to aim for a good organic flavoured coffee. 

As Coffee is the second-highest traded commodity in the world and is the most consumed products, Vermeulen said that to get a benchmark and improve the Coffee production will be the way forward for the state. 

Director of Land Resource Department (LRD), A Pangjung Jamir, said the department did not expect such an international award. 

Jamir recalled how coffee promotion started in the state began in 2014-15 with the aim to encourage farmers to invest in coffee plantation and to uplift the rural economy. 

He informed that at present, coffee plantations cover over 9000 hectares in Nagaland.

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