APROVAT invested Fair Trade Premiums towards training cooperative personnel on Coffee Cupping skills. Staff members attended courses on coffee tasting techniques and bean quality analysis. Upon "graduation" from the course, staff members were awarded participation certificates. The cooperative used $792 USD in Fair Trade premiums to purchase quality control equipment, including a new mesh kit, scale and moisture measure. APROVAT also used portions of the Fair Trade premium to fund their organic and Fair Trade certification fees and on-site audits.