Participants of the workshop led by ICAFE, GIZ and PROCOMER learned to develop a business model for their coffee, prepare a sales pitch and details for the export of coffee to markets in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The new application CRCAFÉ records the spread of diseases such as coffee rust, the dosage of agrochemicals and fertilizers, and the amount of shade trees in coffee plantations, among others.
In cooperation with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and on behalf of the NAMA Facility, GIZ facilitates access to low-interest loans for coffee mills in Costa Rica. US$ 10 million are now available for investments in climate-friendly technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy consumption during coffee processing.
The NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) will offer Nespresso technical support in calculating greenhouse gas emissions generated by farmers affiliated to the private company.
German member of Parliament and president of the Comitee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, Gyde Jensen, got to know the Coffee NAMA last Thursday during a visit at the ICAFE facilities.
From June 5th to 7th, 2018, the NAMA Support Project was present at the XIV International Environmental Fair at the National Stadium. Visitors had the opportunity to taste the world´s first low carbon coffee, get to know more about the experiences of the project´s partners and participating mills alike and to help plant shade trees in Costa Rica´s coffee plantations.
Five coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA took part in a business tour to the United States with the aim of presenting their low carbon coffee to seven roasters and establish new business contacts. Additionally, they had the opportunity to show off their coffee to a wider public at the international coffee expo SCA in Seattle.
For a second time the first low carbon coffee in the world was presented to the public at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2018, the biggest coffee fair in Asia and the Pacific. Representatives of the National Coffee Institute´s (ICAFE) Department for Promotion traveled to Australia in order to position the Café de Costa Rica brand and present the recent achievements of the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA.
The Coffee NAMA will focus on continuing its work with coffee mills in order to train them in topics such as performing a Life Cycle Analysis and Type 3 Eco-labeling. The project aspires to train an additional 3.000 coffee producers in the 10 Good Agricultural Practices promoted by the Coffee NAMA. A third business tour will be offered the selected coffee mills to continuously promote the first low carbon coffee in the world, this time visiting the United States.
Visitors to the Viva El Café festival, which attracts some 15,000 people each year, had an exclusive opportunity to taste the first low-carbon coffee in the world, produced by five mills partnering with the Coffee NAMA Café. Representatives of the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) informed visitors on the projects results and achievements.