The joint project of Fundación Banco Ambiental and the stakeholders of the Coffee NAMA cooperated with coffee farmers throughout Costa Rica interested in taking advantage of shade trees' many benefits for coffee plantations.
"Today we are taking the first step worldwide with the Coffee NAMA. This a differentiating element to achieve better prices and tell the world that we are a coffee culture, but also very focused on taking care of the environment", states Mario Sibaja, the commercial manager of the coffee mill CoopeVictoria R.L.
"We are pioneers, we are the first low-emission coffee", state Martin and Ignacio Ceciliano from the micro coffee mill Río Conejo Estate about the importance of the Coffee NAMA. The two brothers easily took advantage of the added value of their innovative coffee to position it on the US-American market.
To Arnoldo Guerrero, administrator of the association of producers from Cerro Turrubares - APROCETU, the trainings of the Coffee NAMA first seemed a bit complex - but they sure paid off: Arnoldo tells that not only in the production, but also in the coffee mill they achieved a significative reductions of greenhouse gases as well as electricity consumption.
"It is important to assess the emission of greenhouse gases to make decisions that help us to reduce those emissions in order to produce a coffee low in emission and allow the world to know what it is really consuming", explains Carlos Vásquez from Coopepilangosta R.L. their motivation to participate in the Coffee NAMA.
New intelligent drying ovens, a water drainer and drying patios - the coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A has realized various important changes to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and energy consumption. Gabriela Fernández, the mill´s manager, tells us why those investments were worth it.
The low-emission coffee offered by four coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA attracted visitors of Coffee NAMA’s booth at the 33rd edition of Sintercafé from November 13th to 16th in Los Sueños. In between chats and speeches, an interactive concept to present the initiative´s results was offered within the booth.
The coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L. works hard to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by decreasing their use of wood and electricity. Warner Quesada, the mill´s manager, explains the actions that were taken with the support of the financial mechanisms provided by the Coffee NAMA.
Monserrat Prado from the micro-mill Ditsö shows that there does not always have to be big, radical changes to confront climate change: Little transformations may also have a great impact.
Beatriz Elizondo, coordinator of ICAFE´s regional office in Los Santos, highlights the great willingness to learn that coffee producers show in the Coffee NAMA's trainings: “They ask us a lot of things, and the most important thing for us is that the producers leave with less doubts, that they understand very well the concepts that we provide them in order to replicate them on their farms.”