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.
The NAMA Café isn´t only presented to Costa Rican coffee producers – we also try to make it known outside of the country. Representatives of the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE) travelled the 15.000 kilometers from San José, Costa Rica to Melbourne, Australia to present the project at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) 2017, which took place from March 30th to April 1st 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.
A group of coffee producers from San Carlos de Tarrazú received information about new tendencies in coffee growing and an introduction to the NAMA Café at the ICAFE´s office in San Pedro de Barva, Heredia.
How do we promote a low-emission coffee? What consumer tendencies do we know? How do we adapt to their necessities and expectancies? Which market are we interested in? What is the best way to present our coffee? Coffee mills from all over Costa Rica need to answer these questions in order to successfully promote and sell their low-carbon coffee in the world. Answers were found in a workshop held by ICAFE and GIZ and ended in a first idea of how to present a low-emission coffee on an international level.
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 Starbuck´s 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.
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.
In an effort to exchange knowledge and learn about the Costa Rican coffee sector, representatives from all over the world visited coffee mills and farms as well as the country’s National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) during the eighth edition of the Extraordinary Coffee Workshop (EWC) organized by Intelligentsia Coffee.
Andrea Meza Murillo, Director of the Costa Rican Ministry for Environment and Energy’s Climate Change Department (DCC) presented the NAMA Café de Costa Rica at the side event “NAMAs as Building Blocks to drive NDC Implementation – Reflections from the NAMA Facility” at the COP22 in Marrakech.
Over 120 interested participants visited the presentation of the NAMA Café at the 30th Edition of the SINTERCAFE International Coffee Week in Costa Rica from November 9th to 13th, where Costa Rica announced having processed 700 kg of green coffee with a carbon footprint of less than 1 kg of CO2e per kg of coffee.