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22% of Costa Rica´s coffee production is low-carbon and sustainable

02-10-2019
Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s most important and emblematic export good and deeply connected to the country’s national identity. However, climate change clearly challenges the livelihood of Costa Rican coffee farmers and the crop’s long-term sustainability. Faced with this dire situation, in 2014 the sector joined forces with public institutions and the international cooperation to implement the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Café. The Costa Rican NAMA Café is implemented by the country’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and aims to reduce GHG emissions during coffee production...

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...

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...

34 advanced coffee mills measure their water footprint

24-05-2017
The 34 advanced coffee mills were trained in measuring their water footprints in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 12 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ water footprints, the 39 participants got to know the basic concepts of performing water inventories. Additionally, they were introduced to important terms and definitions related to the topic and, finally, learned techniques and tools necessary to perform...

16 new coffee mills of the NAMA Café learn to perform greenhouse gas inventories

16-05-2017
Throughout the months of March and April, the 16 new coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café were trained in performing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 8 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ carbon footprints, the 24 participants were informed on the importance of a carbon footprint and even carbon-neutrality in a national as well as international...

Low-carbon coffee from Costa Rica presented at Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, USA

28-04-2017
From April 20th to 23rd 2017, coffee samples from ten coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café de Costa Rica were offered at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, USA. The National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH presented the Coffee NAMA and its NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” at the world´s largest coffee event. Visitors of the Global Specialty Coffee Expo were in for a treat at this year´s event: Coffee samples from ten different coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA were waiting to be sampled at the “Café...

Sustainable coffee from Costa Rica served at FAO symposium in Rome

21-03-2017
Visitors of the FAO´s International Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon in Rome, Italy enjoy a very special coffee during the three-day event: At the Café de Costa Rica´s stand they are served low-carbon coffee from five Costa Rican coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café. ​ During the three-day symposium of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, that summons more than 300 experts from all over the world, the Costa Rica Permanent Mission to the United Nations offers low-carbon coffee from Costa Rica provided by ICAFE and GIZ. The coffee comes from the coffee mills Las Lajas,...

The Coffee NAMA: Supporting coffee farmers and mills in Costa Rica

08-03-2017

50 coffee mills initiate carbon and water footprint measuring in 2017

06-03-2017
In 2017, the 50 coffee mills participating in the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA will receive trainings in calculating their respective carbon and water footprints. More than 36 mills participated in the Welcome and Follow-Up Workshop at Starbucks´ Hacienda Alsacia in the foothills of Poás Volcano organized by the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE), the Ministry for Agriculture (MAG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The workshop, which took place on February 24 th 2017 at the Producer Support Center in Starbucks´ Hacienda Alsacia, kicked off with a warm welcome by Mr. Ronald Peters, Executive Director of the National...

NAMA Support Project will focus on working with coffee farmers and supporting coffee promotion in 2017

01-03-2017
In February 2017, the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” (NSP) celebrated one year of implementation: Important achievements from 2016 are several trainings for coffee mills involving the measuring of their carbon footprint as well as a tour to Germany to promote Costa Rican coffee. In 2017, the project will focus on working closely with coffee producers to increase farm productivity and continue to support coffee mills to successfully promote their one-of-a-kind coffee abroad. Review of 2016: Capacity development in carbon footprint measurement and coffee promotion in Germany After its first year of implementation, the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon...