After 5 years of implementation, the NAMA Support Project Low-Carbon Coffee in Costa Rica presents results, impacts and lessons learned.
The publication summarizes the voices of key players wihtin the coffee sector and the Coffee NAMA on how the initiative has impacted coffee production and processing.
Coffee mills from regions in the entire country of Costa Rica received recognition for their important efforts in reducing greenhouse gases in coffee production and processing.
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.