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14 coffee mills commit to strengthening their sales and marketing skills

05-10-2018
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. Three day-long sessions at the ICAFE´s facilities, 5 presentations of the individual sales pitch and countless hours of self-study: the workshop “Strengthening Sales and Marketing Skills”, held in September 2018, called for a strong commitment from the 14 participants. After studying the information provided on the digital platform of the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER), the coffee mills gathered in three sessions...

Investment incentives promote climate-friendly coffee processing in Costa Rica

20-08-2018
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 loans are offered at favorable conditions with a duration of up to 10 years and an interest rate of between 2 and 6%, which is very low for agricultural businesses. The credit line is managed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and disbursed...

New app facilitates collection of climate data in Costa Rica´s coffee sector

03-09-2018
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. Currently, the technical personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) is entering data from 731 coffee producers across the country into the application, in order to determine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farms. The same data from 2,000 coffee producers associated to private companies will be added, which is being raised independently through a questionnaire. These data, which represent a sample...

Nespresso and Coffee NAMA join forces to train coffee producers in Good Agricultural Practices

14-08-2018
The NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) will offer Nespresso technical support in calculating greenhouse gas emissions generated by farmers affiliated to the private company. By means of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2018, the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) and Nestlé Nespresso S.A. formed a strategic alliance aimed at training up to 2.000 coffee farmers affiliated to the company in topics of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. The workshops will be held by Nespresso´s agronomers, incorporating Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) promoted by the NSP Café and that are already part of Nespresso´s AAA Sustainable...

German member of parliament visits Coffee NAMA proyect

23-07-2018
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. Ms. Jensen was welcomed by Ronald Peters, Executive Director, and Carlos Fonseca, Technical Manager, as well as several technicians from the German Cooperation GIZ. Ronald Peters expressed the ICAFE´s gratitude towards Germany for the work that has been done in the collaboration with Germany in the Coffee NAMA and the desire to continue doing so for several more years. Ms. Jensen was accompanied by Andre Scholz, counselor of...

Visitors of 2018 Environmental Fair learn about low-carbon coffee production in Costa Rica

20-06-2018
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. At the 2018 Environmental Fair, the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) took the opportunity to present itself to the public. At the shared booth of the German Cooperation GIZ, two baristas offered tastings of the world´s first low carbon coffee...

US roasters highly interested in low carbon coffee from Costa Rica

15-05-2018
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. From April 19th to 26th 2018 the mills Ecológico El Espino, Santa Anita, Grupo Naturalba, micro mill Rio Conejo and El Diamante travelled up north to Seattle, USA. This year´s business trip started at the Specialty Coffee Expo, which took place from April...

Low carbon coffee fascinates visitors of MICE 2018 in Australia

28-03-2018
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. ICAFE was satisfied with its reach during the event on March 22 nd to 24 th 2018, managing to create several direct contacts with Melbourne´s coffee industry. This included mostly small and medium...

Coffee NAMA will follow-up on work with coffee mills and producers in 2018

07-03-2018
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. During this year, the 51 partnering mills will tackle several topics: apart from receiving follow-up visits and verification of the →...

Coffee mills receive award for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption

14-12-2017
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 13 th 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. 49 coffee mills completed the process of...