Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís praised the efforts of coffee mills participating in the country´s Coffee NAMA throughout the year during a small ceremony on December 13th 2017. 49 mills received an award for successfully measuring greenhouse gas and water consumption during coffee production and processing. The award was presented by the Minister for Agriculture Felipe Arauz, the ICAFE´s executive director Ronald Peters, the president of the ICAFE´s board of directors Guido Vargas and Sandra Spies, director of the NAMA Support Project in the scope of the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA.
During this year, the coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA worked hard to determine inventories of their greenhouse gas emissions and their water consumption during coffee processing. In addition, several energy efficiency audits were carried out by the Costa Rican Industry Chamber. The activities were organized by ICAFE and MAG with the support of GIZ.
During the 31stedition of Sintercafé International Coffee Week, over 20 coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café presented their coffee to international roasters at the side event TASTE Costa Rica. The event was organized by ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
Between October 2nd and 8th 2017, five coffee mills of the NAMA Café visited 12 coffee roasters and importers in Hamburg, Bremen and Dortmund, Germany, in order to establish business relationships with the country's coffee sector and to place their low carbon coffee on the German market. In addition, they had the opportunity to present their coffee at ANUGA, the largest food fair in Europe.
In three training modules during the months of April until September, 3,000 coffee growers from all over the country were trained in the application of 10 Good Agricultural Practicas (GAPs) on their coffee farms. The workshops were organized by the ICAFE with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and carried out by MAG, ICAFE and CIMS technicians.
5 coffee mills had the opportunity to offer their low-emission coffee at the annual Expo Feria Alemana from August 5th to 6th 2017 at the Parque Viva. Between the five mills and an additional coffee blend from several mills from the Los Santos, Valle Central and Valle Occidental area, a total of almost 100 kilograms of coffee was sold during the entire weekend. In addition, baristas from the ICAFE offered samples and GIZ personnel presented detailed information about the NAMA Café and its NAMA Support Project.
At the end of August, the coffee mills of the NAMA Café will hand in their final carbon and water footprints and begin developing and implementing reduction strategies. During a workshop on August 9th, the mills´ technicians met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to recapitulate the basic concepts of carbon and water footprint measurement. The activity was organized by the ICAFE with the support of GIZ.
In eight workshops offered in June and July 2017 in six of Costa Rica´s coffee regions, producers were trained on the topics of nutrition and fertilization, weed management, plagues and diseases as well as agroforestry systems. The workshops were organized by the Ministry for Agriculture, the National Coffee Institute and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
During a second Design Thinking workshop held in early July, representatives of 8 coffee mills further defined the characteristics of the new packaging currently being designed to promote and sell the low-carbon and sustainable coffee of mills participating in the NAMA Café at an international level. The workshop was organized and carried out by the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
During the months of May and June, the representatives of 10 coffee mills in the NAMA Café participated in a workshop dedicated to improve marketing and sales capacities, preparing presentations for the successful promotion of their coffee abroad. The 5 best presentations have been chosen to participate in a tour to Germany in September 2017 with the aim of seizing the opportunity to present their coffee to German coffee roasters. The course was organized by the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.