Friday 3 April, 2020

Mavis Bank Coffee implements safety measures to combat COVID-19

Mavis Bank CEO Norman Grant revealed that training sessions were recently held on control testing.

Mavis Bank CEO Norman Grant revealed that training sessions were recently held on control testing.

Mavis Bank Coffee Factory (MBCF) said it has modified protocols to help combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and welfare of all coffee industry interests.

Mavis Bank CEO, Norman Grant revealed that training sessions were recently held on control testing. As such, there is no chance of contact between the spoon and the cupper (expert taster). The company is also using individual shot glasses for tasters.

Expert tasters (cuppers) taste batches of coffee to ensure its consistency and quality.

Grant, who is also an internationally-certified coffee cup taster, noted that the measures were critical to preserve the industry at this time of high risk and to protect the best interests of all coffee stakeholders.

Other safety measures that have been implemented include the banning of factory tours and the installation of additional sanitization stations and water stations. 

Mavis Bank has also curtailed field visits by officers and restricted the collection of coffee berries to 10 pm at the tank, while regular deliveries from farmers will be cut off at 6 pm.

The coffee processor has also implemented a medical declaration form for all staff and is encouraging social distancing among staff and individuals doing business with the company. The company also implemented a work from home policy.

The measures were implemented over the past three weeks.

“I wish to urge all the players in the coffee industry to observe these protocols fully so that we can come out of it intact and ready to continue building the sector as soon as possible,” said Grant, who also serves as President of the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association.

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