For Carlos Vargas of Unión Varsán coffee mill in Monteverde, participating in the NAMA Café has had multiple positive impacts, from the increase in tasting notes, to the production of his own fertilizer and the generation of important information to share with buyers and tourists that visit the mill.
For Daniela Gutiérrez of La Montaña Tarrazú coffee mill, an environmentally-friendly coffee production goes before all else. With her participation in the NAMA Café, the young woman confirmed her processes are already sustainable and identified possible areas for improvement.
Together with the Fundación Banco Ambiental we support coffee producers in Costa Rica with the introduction of more than 70,000 shade trees in their coffee plantations. Shade trees bring a multitude of benefits: they contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, protect local biodiversity, reduce the number of agrochemicals required, and support the regulation of the micro-climate of the coffee plantation.
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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.
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.”
"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.Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee coffee mills, competitiveness, GIZ, Good agricultural practices, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MINAE, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, producers, production, results, sustainability, training
"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..Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee carbon-neutrality, coffee mills, financing, GIZ, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MINAE, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, results, sustainability
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.Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee coffee mills, financing, GIZ, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, results, sustainability