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US roasters highly interested in low carbon coffee from Costa Rica

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

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 mills receive award for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption

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...

Coffee mills complete process of GHG and water inventory measurement

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. From March to October 2017, 55 representatives of 48 coffee mills from seven of Costa Rica´s eight coffee growing regions participated in a series of workshops to firstly understand the basic concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) and water inventories and then learn how to...

Coffee mills present low carbon coffee at side event TASTE COSTA RICA at Sintercafé International Coffee Week

During the 31 st edition 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.​ Sintercafé is the biggest coffee event in Costa Rica, with about 500 visitors during the three days it takes place. As in previous years, the NAMA Café participated with a presentation of the low carbon coffee produced by coffee mills taking part in the project. Over 20 mills offered coffee samplings to visitors...

Coffee mills improve marketing skills to promote their coffee abroad

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. As a first step, the 10 participants learned to formulate concrete goals for successfully...

CASCADE project offers training materials to facilitate adaptation to Climate Change to Costa Rican coffee producers

The CASCADE project, implemented by CATIE and Conservation International (CI), supports the development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for smallholder farmers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. A set of training materials was developed within the framework of the project, providing basic information on Climate Change and its impacts on the agricultural sector, and presenting strategies to adapt to Climate Change while maximizing the provision of ecosystem services on farms. The materials are freely accessible on line.​ Each module offers practical information on the application of the concept of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for technical personnel and farmers. → Module 1 provides...

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

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...

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

Coffee cooperative produces carbon neutral coffee