A first workshop on coffee was organized in 2006 with only 13 people. In 2012 a second workshop was attended by about twenty people. And this year they are sixty to want to engage in the production of coffee. This shows a growing interest in this culture from the Rodrigues.
At the launch of the training week last Monday Chief Commissioner Serge Clair spoke of coffee as one of the treasures of Rodrigues, a product must be able to exploit for export. "We need to emphasize the importance of taste to highlight that specific Rodrigues." He said. He also warned participants against the temptation to sell their harvest to be mixed with other varieties of coffee. "We must preserve the authenticity of our product," he stressed several times.
Mario Coiffic, Agricultural Operation Manager of the sugar industry in Bel Ombre, reported the results of tests that were carried out on samples of coffee Rodrigues, who ranks among the major lineages that are planted around the world. Based on these results we conclude that the coffee Rodrigues has a quality and exceptional aromatic intensity.
In fact, since last year thirty coffee producers decided to form a cooperative society to join forces. Rodrigues Coffee Producers Multipurpose Co-operative Society whose president, John Edward Royce, aims to bring together all the crops to be treated and uniform roasting. "We want to establish and maintain the 'branding coffee rodrigues.' This is why we are taking steps to have the equipment and infrastructure to allow us to process and roasting method with all the cafes that will be produced in Rodrigues." At he said.