Coffee farmers from Kaski in Nepal hosted 'Ride for Coffee', a cycling competition to promote coffee tourism in their village on 30th March.
Besides promoting coffee tourism, the event also marked the opening of new coffee cycling trails. The new trails take riders through coffee orchards and the coffee processing unit in Dhikur Pokhari.
Himmat B.K. took the first prize home in this cross country style competition that saw 21 aspirants compete for cash prizes amounting to Rs 30,000 and coffee gift hampers.
The competition was organized and supported by Annapurna Rural Municipality, Machhapuchhre Uttam Coffee Utapadak Sahakari (Coffee cooperative), Pokhara Mountain Bike, Machapuchhre Coffee and ICCO’s Hamro Coffee project, which is funded by the European Union in Nepal.
Coffee experience and hiking & trekking
The Hamro Coffee project helps to introduce the coffee tourism model and integrate the ‘coffee experience’ into hiking and trekking packages. The aim of the project is to create alternative sources of income for smallholder coffee farmers and increase the awareness of Nepali specialty coffee among international and domestic tourists.