News » Ticos taste low carbon coffee at Viva El Café coffee festival


Visitors to the Viva El Café festival, which attracts some 15,000 people each year, had an exclusive opportunity to taste the first low-carbon coffee in the world, produced by five mills partnering with the Coffee NAMA Café. Representatives of the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) informed visitors on the projects results and achievements.

On February 24th and 25th 2018, anybody who visited Costa Rica´s National Stadium was – for once – not interested in sports or music, but solely focused on one thing: coffee. Among the thousands of visitors several took the opportunity to taste and buy a special blend of five coffee mills from the areas of Los Santos as well as the West and Central Valley currently participating in the Coffee NAMA.

The cooperatives and micro-mills are five of 51 from all around the country focused on producing and processing the first low-carbon coffee in the world. Over 2000 people visited the project´s booth at the festival in order to taste the low-carbon coffee and learn about the project´s objectives and results. Between 2 and 4pm on both days, Costa Rica´s National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and one of the implementing partners of the Coffee NAMA prepared the special blend in one of their barista machines for those visitors interested in tasting the low-carbon version of their favorite coffee drink.

On Sunday 24th the Coffee NAMA was the topic of a forum discussing the theme of "Café de Ambiente” or “Environmental Coffee”: Sandra Spies, director of the NAMA Support Project implemented by the German Cooperation (GIZ), and María Paz Lobo, responsible for ICAFE´s Traceability and Sustainability Project, explained the importance of both projects for the country´s coffee sector and highlighted the measures that have been taken so far in the framework of the Coffee NAMA in order to mitigate the effect of climate change on coffee production and vice versa.

The coffee blend offered at the festival is not commercialized in Costa Rica, however the Coffee NAMA aims to create more awareness of the innovative product at a national and international level. By the end of the project, it is expected that the participating mills will be able to market their own low-carbon coffee in Costa Rica and abroad. It is also planned to create several sale points within the country.

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