Roast Magazine’s Daily Coffee News Features Virtual Lao Coffee Event
Winrock’s USDA-funded CLEAN project is increasing access to new markets despite COVID-19
The USDA-funded Creating Linkages for Expanded Agriculture Networks (CLEAN) project, implemented by Winrock International in Laos, partnered with the nonprofit Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) to host a virtual coffee cupping event after the 2020 Specialty Coffee Expo was cancelled due to COVID-19.
“Farmers are crucially in need of new export opportunities, and I hope we can count you among those in the near future,” CLEAN Chief of Party Alex Dahan said in his opening remarks in the “Taste of Laos” virtual cupping. “We are thrilled to be working once again with CQI, with whom Winrock worked in Myanmar for nearly five years on a successful USAID project, with stunning results. We are working together again with some great local coffee farmers in Laos to bring you some very special coffees today.”